The policy shift would allow the US government to keep parents in custody while they contest deportation or wait for asylum hearings.
Julia Edwards Ainsley
The rapid start of construction was to be financed, according to the White House, with “existing funds and resources” of the Department of Homeland Security.
Democrats and civil rights and immigration groups have voiced alarm about Sessions, who won by a 52-47 vote largely along party lines.
Despite Trump’s entry ban on all refugees, according to a homeland security document, the US government will allow 872 refugees into the country this week.
A draft executive order that Trump is expected to sign would block the entry of refugees from war-torn Syria and suspend the entry of any immigrants from Muslim-majority countries.
Jeff Sessions has said he would oppose a ban on Muslims entering the US and would enforce a law against waterboarding.