Trump's Executive Order On Family Separation: What It Does And Doesn't Do

Lester Mason
June 21, 2018

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order to end the policy of separating children of irregular migrants on the US border amid domestic and global outrage.

The administration separated 1,995 children from 1,940 adults from April 19 to May 31 after zero tolerance was announced, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

The executive order states that immigrant families will be detained together, except in cases where there are concerns about the child's welfare, but it is unclear for how long.

Nielsen was reportedly headed to the White House Wednesday and the drafted order would ask the Department of Defense to aid in the housing of the immigrant families.

"Whether our families crossed the Atlantic, the Pacific, or the Rio Grande, we're only here because this country welcomed them in..." he said. I believe that Obama's remarks speak for the vast majority of Americans today, and President Trump has clearly begun to understand that himself.

"We are keeping a very powerful border and it continues to be - we continue to have a zero-tolerance policy". "That would most likely violate the [settlement] agreement that limits the government's ability to keep children in detention and orders them to be placed in [the] least-restrictive setting possible".

And daughter Ivanka Trump tweeted, "Thank you @POTUS for taking critical action ending family separation at our border".

Republican leaders in the House are now trying to put together an immigration bill that will keep immigrant children in detention indefinitely, but housed with their parents.

Apple chief executive Tim Cook described the separation of children from parents at the US-Mexico border as "inhumane" and promised to be a "constructive voice" in seeking to end the issue, the Irish Times reported. Then, in a barely concealed and cynical attempt at self-preservation, he added: "I didn't like the sight or the feeling of families being separated".

Trump's executive order states the administration will "maintain family unity, including by detaining alien families together where appropriate and consistent with law and available resources".

Democrats and advocacy groups took credit for forcing Mr. Trump to back down with a forceful pressure campaign that highlighted the emotional trauma of children as young as toddlers being taken from their parents.

The president acknowledged that he had viewed TV images Wednesday morning of distraught children taken away from their parents, as well as TV footage from 2014 of forlorn unaccompanied minor children captured at the border during the Obama administration. "Obviously, this is not the way we do things in Canada".

That means without further action from Congress or the courts, the Trump administration could be forced to again separate the immigrant children from their parents in three weeks. "A lot of politicians don't like the word 'comprehensive immigration reform, ' but I really think we have an opportunity to do the whole immigration picture and that's what I'm looking to do ultimately".

Planning at the Justice Department had been underway over the past several days to provide the president with options on the growing crisis, said the official, who, like others, spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the effort before its official announcement. About two dozen House members went to the White House for a meeting on the bill.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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