Immigration

Trump Will End Policy He Claimed He Had No Control Over

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Trump has spent the past week blaming Democrats for the separation of children at the southern border while claiming he had no control over the policy, but Trump has issued an executive order to end the policy which -- surprise!-- actually is under his control.

And that's really quite the admission, isn't it? Trump has blamed Democrats for the policy, his advisers have said the policy is great, and his cabinet have said the policy doesn't exist. But it does!

Now, it's good news that children will no longer be separated from their parents, but here's the bad news: they'll probably be housed in adult prisons alongside their parents which might be illegal.

via Reuters:

Trump, whose administration weeks ago began separating hundreds of children from their parents at the border, did not describe the specifics of the order.

“I’ll be doing something that’s somewhat pre-emptive but ultimately will be matched by legislation I’m sure,” Trump told reporters at the White House. [...]

The New York Times reported Trump was preparing an executive order that ends the separation of families by indefinitely detaining parents and children together, flouting a court settlement that prohibits such a move, according to a person familiar with his plans.

If Trump's latest policy is challenged and struck down in court, it's entirely possible children will be separated from their parents all over again.

And there will be no matching legislation. As of this morning, House Republicans did not have enough votes to pass a hardline or slightly more "moderate" immigration bill. Does anyone really believe they'll pass a bill that isn't too monstrous to pass through the Senate after so many years of doing absolutely nothing?

The root cause of this dilemma is Trump's "zero tolerance" policy for crossing the border which calls for mandatory prosecution for a misdemeanor offense regardless of individual circumstances. Until that policy ends, immigrants and their children will be detained indefinitely whether they're together or not. Neither the Obama or Bush administrations required mandatory prosecutions.

Indefinitely detaining families together will make comparisons to Japanese internment camps more apt than ever.

  • Badgerite

    The headline is a little misleading in that trump is not ending the ‘policy’ of arresting and detaining anyone who shows up at the border seeking entry no matter the reason. What they ( see horrible people otherwise known as the trump regime) are trying to do is alter the consent decree from the Flores case to allow for incarceration of entire families on military bases. The reason for this, of course, is to evade any requirements for standards with respect to treatment of minors that would apply to these families if sent to private contractor facilities. Also, imagine how hard it would be for lawyers and anyone else to get any idea of the conditions on a military base with respect to incarcerated immigrant families.
    This will be GITMO for immigrant families. Count on it. This is no solution to anything. This is the same crap by other means. More evasive means. It’s the pictures the GOP objects to, not actual actions. If they can get away with this kind of treatment of children in private, with no one the wiser, they will try to. FFFFF the gop.

  • This isn’t over by a long shot. Many of the ones already separated will never see their parents again because the Trump Administration had no plan on how to deal with the situation. They aren’t connecting paperwork on the parents with the kids. So many of those kids, who are too young to know their contact information. will be lost to their families forever. They are America’s Los Desaparecidos. We need to put pressure on the Administration immediately to reunite those 2,000+ kids with their families before memories fade, records are lost, and we lose track of the parents location.

    • Aynwrong

      “They are America’s Los Desaparecidos.”

      Which means we may be creating the next generation of MS-13. Which Trump and his idiot supporters say they’re very concerned over.

      God…

      • At a minimum we are creating a generation of children who will be in and out of the foster system, who will be dependent upon the government for care and will have lasting trauma. Being torn from ones parents will create an indelible stamp on their brains, which increases the likelihood of serious depression, addiction, heart disease, etc, etc later in life. We owe it to these children to get them back to their parents as soon as possible.

        I have to tell you, with recent events, I’m really regretting not having gone to law school. I hate the fact that I feel so helpless. All I can do is give money, protest and vote. And it seems woefully inadequate.

        • Aynwrong

          Ditto that last part.

    • Nefercat

      +++++++++++

  • jimtowndem

    first he says he can’t change the rules and then he says he will change the rule. i think that he would tell a lie when the truth would do him some good.

  • muselet

    Donald Trump was reportedly concerned as recently as this morning that separating children from their parents didn’t look good, which tells you all you need to know about his deep and abiding concern for the well-being of children.

    He backed down a very little bit, but only far enough to make his administration’s policy cruel in a whole new way. Jailing people—jailing asylum-seekers, and jailing children—indefinitely over a misdemeanor charge is indefensible, so naturally the administration will keep on doing it.

    And Godot will arrive before congressional Rs even begin to think about trying to do something to write a bill to deal with family separation, let alone pass one.

    I used to think we were better than this.

    –alopecia

    • ninjaf

      I guess he has now moved the Overton window on this, if we let up.

      • Aynwrong

        Exactly.

        This is why I remain so unimpressed with the never Trumpers. They pushed the window until it Trump appeared in it and now tell us how outraged they are.

        • ninjaf

          Exactly. When it “got real,” then they changed their tune.

  • Aynwrong

    It’s pathetic when the random guy on f*cking YouTube has a better command of the facts and the moral clarity of most reporters on cable news.
    https://youtu.be/dCijMaVIeas

    • Badgerite

      This. Absolutely, this.