Today’s dramatic events, as Trump signed an executive order ending the policy of separating children from their parents at the US-Mexico border, follow days of outrage from the public and politicians about the policy.
When signing the order, Trump said it was because: “I didn’t like the sight or the feeling of families being separated.”
In a speech to a rally in Minnesota, Trump said the public outrage at the policy was drummed up by Democrats to distract from the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton, and he reiterated that he would maintain a tough stance on immigration, as opposed to what he calls the Democrats’ “open border policy”.
Critics of Trump’s immigration policy, say there is still much to be concerned about. The executive order instructs government officials to continue its “zero-tolerance” policy, prosecuting all immigrants who enter the US illegally.
While children will now be able to stay with their parents, this will be in detention, with “alien families” detained together “where appropriate and consistent with law and available resources”.
The president’s action also directs the attorney general, Jeff Sessions, to go to court to ask for a modification to a 1997 court settlement, known as Flores, which currently prohibits the detention of migrant children for more than 20 days. If it is successful, children could be held in detention until proceedings have been completed.
We’ll continue following this story as it unfolds, thanks for following along today.
After days of public outcry, Trump’s signing of the executive order putting a stop to the policy of separating children and parents at the US-Mexico border, is not the end of the issue, as many people have pointed out.
Trump’s plan could see children detained indefinitely with their parents, and there are concerns about the lack of plans in place to reunite the 2,300 children currently in detention with their parents.