Arguments Erupt Over Immigration at the White House

Customs and Border Protection chief faces off against Justice officials
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 23, 2018 11:10 AM CDT
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President Donald Trump delivers remarks on immigration alongside family members affected by crime committed by undocumented immigrants, at the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex, Friday, June 22, 2018, in Washington.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – The White House has seen arguments erupt since President Trump signed an executive order to keep migrant families together at the US border, the New York Times reports. Sources say the quarrels began Thursday night and resumed Friday when Kevin McAleenan, who heads Customs and Border Protection, asked how his agents can detain families when the law forbids jailing children indefinitely and law enforcement agencies lack resources to handle so many cases. Justice officials fired back, saying their department is adjusting its zero-tolerance policy as CPB agents make prosecution referrals. Reality check: As of May, federal immigration courts had a backlog of over 700,000 cases and some courts were scheduling hearings after 2021. In related news:

  • "Insane idea": Before signing his executive order to ban the separation of migrant families, Trump apparently told aides he wanted to sign a complete immigration bill in an executive order, the Washington Post reports. One administration official called it "a pretty insane idea" and government lawyers told Trump he couldn't rewrite immigration law without Congress.

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