President Donald Trump signed an executive order ending the practice
of separating children from their families in detention centers for
illegal immigrants. The order will likely be challenged in court,
be signing something in a little while that's going to do
said on Wednesday morning. “I'll
be doing something that's somewhat preemptive and ultimately will be
matched by legislation I'm sure.”
is an executive order to
keep families together in immigration detention facilities, which
Trump signed on Wednesday before departing for his scheduled trip to
current practice of housing children at facilities run by the
Department of Health and Human Services stems from a 1997 Flores
settlement, under which the Clinton administration agreed not to hold
children in immigration jails for more than 20 days. Subsequent
administrations chose to implement that law by releasing the families
into the US with a promise they would appear before immigration
courts. In most cases, that would never happen.
going to keep families together, but we have to keep our borders
temporary measure will allow the Department of Homeland Security
(DHS) to detain families crossing the border illegally together,
there is a concern that detention of an alien child with the child’s
alien parent would pose a risk to the child’s welfare."
also instructs the Department of Defense to provide "any
existing facilities available for the housing and care of alien
families, and shall construct such facilities if necessary."
with GOP lawmakers at the White House earlier in the day, Trump
brought up that a deal on immigration with the Democrats was
almost done in
January, but a federal judge ruled in favor of keeping an Obama-era
executive action shielding some illegal immigrants, known as DACA.
of a sudden they weren’t there anymore,” Trump
have refused to support any of the proposed immigration bills in
Congress, saying that Trump can fix the family separation issue
through executive action.
are so many obstacles to legislation and when the president can do it
with his own pen, it makes no sense,”
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told reporters on Tuesday.
is not the way to go here when it’s so easy for the president to
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has already announced it would
challenge reunifying children with their parents, since that would
mean effectively putting them in jail, violating the terms of Flores.