Chicago non-profit sheltering separated immigrant children

A Chicago-based charity organization is caring for some of the children U.S. officials have taken from their families.

Illinois Democrat Dick Durbin blasted the president for what's not in his executive order on families arrested at the border.

“The order does nothing, speaks not a word to uniting the 2,400 children who've been separated from their families. Not one word in there,” Durbin said.

The Trump administration said it would no longer take away children from parents charged with criminal violations of immigration law. But it's not clear when, or in some cases, if the kids already in custody will be reunited with their parents. At least some of the adults may have been deported and do not know where their children are.

Some of the children are now being cared for by a Chicago-based charity that runs nine shelters in the city. Providing no details, a statement said, in part:  "Heartland Alliance does not agree with separating children from their parents at the border. It is our moral obligation to keep children safe while they are in our care."

President Trump suggested if Democrats compromised on his demands -- including funds for a border wall -- all immigration issues could be resolved.

“They don't care about the children. They don't care about the injury...they're not good politicians. All they're good at is obstructing,” Trump said.

“Your strategy is to blame Democrats for what you are doing. Republicans want to be both the arsonists and the firefighters.  And you can't be both,” said Rep. Luis Gutierrez.

The Trump administration's preparing to take many more families into custody, telling the Defense Department to prepare military bases to receive up to 20,000 people.

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