17 states sue Trump over separation policy

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States including Washington, California, New York and Pennsylvania, as well as the District of Columbia, filed a complaint calling the policy unconstitutional in federal court in Seattle.

Trump's executive order to halt the child-separation practice seeks to detain families together indefinitely instead.

"We can not stand by while the Trump Administration continues to tear families apart, putting politics before moral and legal obligations and responsibilities".

"Thousands of illegal aliens are removed every month without seeing an immigration judge as a result of procedures in current law, including voluntary removal and expedited removal", she told reporters.

"We've made it extremely clear we want to keep families together and we want to secure the border and enforce our laws", House Speaker Paul Ryan said at a news conference.

"We're not changing the policy".

U.S. media earlier reported that one of the bases would be used to house migrant families and the other would shelter undocumented children who enter the USA unaccompanied by an adult.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the military would help to house migrants at military bases, including two in Texas.

Meanwhile, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions talked tough on immigration at a school police officers' conference in Reno, Nevada, on Monday.

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"It targets only people crossing our southwestern border, the majority of whom are from Latin America, and not anyone crossing the northern border or entering the United States elsewhere", Underwood's office said.

Melania Trump last week visited a shelter that houses migrant children in Texas, but the trip was overshadowed by controversy over a jacket she wore with the words: "I really don't care, do u?" scrawled on the back.

However, he also said the Trump administration would "do everything in our power to avoid separating families".

A coalition of 18 attorneys general, including Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, filed a lawsuit on Tuesday over the Trump administration's separation of undocumented children and parents at the border.

Following the latest executive order, a federal task force was set up to reunite children and their parents at detention facilities on the Mexican border.

Some of the children have been reunited with parents or family members, but more than 2,000 still remain locked up in federal custody. He said the move was in response to Trump's June 20 order and that his agency was working on a plan to resume criminal referrals.

She said there are designated points of entry that asylum seekers can use to apply for asylum.

More than 20 separated children are at a USA government tent camp in Tornillo, Texas. However, his "zero-tolerance" policy of criminally prosecuting all undocumented border-crossers remains in place.

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