Chicago (AP) — The Latest on immigrant parents and children separated at the U.S. border (all times local):
A Senate committee has narrowly approved the nomination of Lynn Johnson as assistant Health and Human Services secretary for family support despite protest by the panel’s senior Democrat.
The position includes heading the agency that has custody over the children being held near the U.S.-Mexico border who were separated from parents seeking asylum.
The 16-11 vote by the Senate Finance Committee sends Johnson’s nomination to the full Senate.
Earlier Thursday, Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden said he would vote against the Trump nominee.
Wyden said at a Finance Committee hearing that Johnson, who headed Colorado’s child welfare program, “green-lighted a law allowing foster kids to be placed in juvenile detention facilities.”
A Brazilian mother and her 9-year-old son who were separated at the U.S.-Mexico border have reunited in Chicago after a federal judge ordered the U.S. government to release the boy.
Lidia Karine Souza and her son, Diogo, stood in front of a row of TV cameras smiling at each other. The boy wrapped his arm around his mom’s waist and she wrapped hers around his shoulder.
Asked if she had a message for President Donald Trump, Souza who spoke through a Portuguese translator responded, “Don’t do this to the children.”
Diogo had spent four weeks at a government-contracted shelter in Chicago. Judge Manish Shah ordered that he be released Thursday, saying the mother and son’s continued separation “irreparably harms them both.”
The White House says a judge’s order requiring thousands of migrant families who were forcibly separated to be reunited within 30 days “further complicates” efforts at effective enforcement of immigration laws.
White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters declined to say whether the administration will be able to abide by the deadline.
She told reporters aboard Air Force One that the ruling “clearly shows the need for congressional action to fix our broken immigration system.”
By The Associated Press for BLOOMBERG
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