Trump's executive order leaves thousands of immigrant kids in limbo

Glen Norman
June 23, 2018

Back on Capitol Hill, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen also met with House Republicans.

President Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday ending his administration's policy of separating migrant children from their parents who were detained as they attempted to enter the USA illegally.

An avid viewer of cable television news, Trump recognized that the family separation issue was a growing political problem, White House sources said.

But the president said the "zero tolerance" policy, under which every adult caught crossing the border illegally will be detained and prosecuted, will continue. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., that would prohibit migrant families from being separated. It also doesn't change anything yet for the some 2,300 children taken from their families since the policy was put into place. "He's not a monster as he's being framed by the media and by the left", said Trandem, who was a delegate at the 2016 Republican convention where Trump clinched the nomination for president. That's just what he did.

But despite days of heart-wrenching images of children being pulled from their immigrant parents, she stayed publicly quiet until Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order created to keep families together. But the president is contradicted by his own Justice Department, which describes the effort as stopgap and limited by a 21-year-old court settlement under which the federal government essentially agreed not to detain immigrant minors longer than 20 days. Cory Booker told The Associated Press in an interview.


Justice Department lawyers will seek permission to allow for the detention of families until criminal and removal proceedings are completed. None of them were accompanied by minors or family members.

And it didn't do much for the teeming outrage over the issue. "You know that there are other ideas that would get bipartisan support that maybe your extreme right, the most xenophobic, bigoted aspects of your base won't like if they pass - and that's who you're catering to, and it has to stop". As children can not legally be jailed with their parents, they are kept in separate facilities. Public outcry is mounting over the family separations, but so far, there's no clear roadmap for Thursday voting on the emotional issue dividing Republicans.

May said Wednesday that images of children in cages were "deeply disturbing".

Trump's family apparently played a role in his turnaround.

Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order that directs Nielsen's department to keep families together after they are detained crossing the border illegally.


The administration has consistently said it was forced to separate families because of the conclusion of a court case known as "the Flores Settlement".

Though the House is supposed to vote on immigration Thursday, a conservative leader within the GOP conference says the bill "is not ready for primetime". She was heckled at a restaurant Tuesday evening and has faced protesters at her home. He called them "extremist open-border Democrats". "Republicans want security. But I am working on something - it never ends!"

Since the announcement in early May of a policy of "zero tolerance", more than 2,300 children and young migrants, mostly fleeing the violence that ravages Central America, have been separated from their families after their arrest at the border.

Current laws including the Flores Settlement, he argued, simply encouraged people to enter the country with their children, expecting to be caught and then released into USA society. If those options are exhausted, authorities must find the "least restrictive" setting for a child who arrived without parents.

"'He didn't really tell us what bill to vote for, ' said Republican Markwayne Mullin of Oklahoma, saying Trump laid out his principles on immigration and told Republicans he "wanted to take care of the kids" - a reference to the unfolding family separation crisis".


In 2015, a federal judge in Los Angeles expanded the terms of the settlement, ruling that it applies to children who are caught with their parents as well as to those who come to the USA alone. And two lawsuits have been filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia-one on behalf of a mother from Guatemala released from custody but not yet reunited with her son, and one on behalf of three migrant parents separated from their children in detention. Neither, though, did it require parents to be kept in detention, apart from their children.

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