Justice departments say it can hold children for as long as it takes to resolve their immigration cases after a recent California court injunction prevents the government from detaining just the parents and separating them from their offspring.
Pausing the practice of turning over parents to prosecutors for charges of illegally entering the country is temporary, as the US government runs out of resources, says White House spokeswoman Sanders.
The Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy (RAISE) Act could cut legal immigration to the United States by 50 percent over 10 years. Two Republican senators developed the bill which has the president's support.
Zeid bin Ra'ad Al Hussein, UN High Commmissioner for Human Rights, says US President Trump's immigration policies could lead to mass detentions and expulsions in violation of international law.
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