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Trump signs memo ending 'catch and release' immigration policy

Eli Fernandez (R), a Catholic Charities relief center coordinator, leads a group of recently detained and released undocumented immigrants to a bus station to begin travels around the U.S. in McAllen, Texas, U.S., April 6, 2018.  REUTERS/Loren Elliott
Eli Fernandez (R), a Catholic Charities relief center coordinator, leads a group of recently detained and released undocumented immigrants to a bus station to begin travels around the U.S. in McAllen, Texas, U.S., April 6, 2018. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump signed a memorandum on Friday ordering the end of a policy, known as “catch and release,” in which illegal immigrants are released from detention while awaiting a court hearing on their status.

As part of the memo, Trump asked Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to produce a list of military facilities that could be used to detain illegal immigrants.

(Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)

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