Mexico will push for vote to condemn U.S. policy

The following states filed suit Tuesday: Minnesota, Washington, North Carolina, California, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, Oregon, New Mexico, New Jersey, Iowa, Illinois, Rhode Island, New York, Vermont, Delaware and MA.

Melania Trump is planning another visit to immigration centers housing migrants who have been apprehended at the U.S. -Mexico border.

The first lady's husband, President Donald Trump, has made an about-face to end the practice of separating migrant families that had led to shocking scenes of children crying out for their parents while held in caged enclosures and given only emergency blankets in the frigid spaces. All that, said Mr. Sabraw, is a departure from "measured and ordered governance", central to the Constitution's due-process guarantees.

Seventeen states sued the Trump administration on Tuesday over its now-halted practice of separating immigrant families that crossed the US-Mexico border illegally.

MCALLEN, Texas The clock is ticking for the Trump administration after a federal judge ordered the thousands of migrant children and parents who were forcibly separated at the Mexican border reunited within 30 days, sooner for youngsters under 5.

USA border agents have "taken children as young as infants from their parents, often with no warning or opportunity to say goodbye, and providing no information about where the children are being taken or when they will next see each other", according to the complaint. "The safety, security and well-being of our children is too important to be threatened by a heartless political manoeuvre".

Outside the US attorney's office, protesters carried signs reading, "Free the children!" and "Stop caging families".

"We want a system where when people come in illegally, they have to go", Trump told reporters at the White House.

Though the government has said it reunited more than 500 children with their families already, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told Congress on Tuesday that 2,047 children were still being held in the agency's custody.

Mr. McAleenan said he's working on a plan to resume prosecutions, but for now it means parents who sneak into the USA with children will be treated more leniently than those who come alone - exactly the kind of perverse incentive the government was trying to combat with its zero tolerance policy. The directive hasn't taken effect because it requires a judge to first amend a 1997 settlement agreement that governs how the United States treats undocumented minors who've been detained. After a few days of detention, S.S. was taken from her mother, "screaming and crying, pleading with guards not to take her away from her mother", the ACLU wrote in its complaint. The executive order would likely result in minors being detained with their parents for far longer periods while their asylum claims are heard.

The judge's order is not necessarily the last word. Among other things, it says that the administration can still separate parents and children whenever it believes it's in the interest of a child.

A Seattle-based immigrant rights group sued Monday on behalf of detained asylum-seekers in Washington state who have been separated from their children.

A FEDERAL JUDGE, surveying the emotional, administrative and logistical wreckage of the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy, which has ripped apart families while traumatizing parents and children, on Tuesday came to the same conclusion reached by millions of Americans who witnessed the chaos: Enough is enough.