The US political battle over migrant children separated from parents has shifted to Congress, after President Donald Trump signed an order ending the practice. The House of Representatives will vote on broader immigration bills which fund President Trump’s proposed border wall and reduce legal migration.
But Democrats oppose them and it is uncertain that they will pass. Mr Trump reversed his policy after a public outcry at home and globally over the policy, widely seen as inhumane.
The order calls for the families to be detained together for crossing the border illegally.
But the fate of families already separated by the policy is not clear. US immigration officials say two thousand, three hundred and forty-two children were separated from two thousand, two hundred and six parents between the fifth of May and the ninth of June.
Speaking yesterday, Trump said although he does not like the sight of families being separated, his administration will continue its “zero tolerance policy” of criminally prosecuting anyone who crosses the border illegally.