Published June 20, 2018
WASHINGTON — Under pressure from Republican members of Congress, President Donald Trump on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, signed an presidential executive order to stop separating families seeking to enter the United States at the southern border of the United States.
Trump said his administration would still continue its “zero tolerance” policy while still solving the issue of family separation.
“We are keeping families together and this will solve that problem. At the time we are keeping a very powerful border and it continues to be a zero tolerance, we have zero tolerance for people that enter our country illegally,” Trump commented.
In response to reports that President Trump will issue an executive order on family separation, Anthony D. Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, offered the following reaction:
“President Trump has been brought to his knees because of the lawsuit we filed on February 26 and the ensuing public outcry. Kids should not have been separated from their parents in the first place and they still don’t belong in jail. His alleged solution to a crisis of his own making is many months too late. It is a crisis that should not have happened to begin with. He has caused irreparable damage to thousands of immigrant families.
“The devil is in the details. This crisis will not abate until each and every single child is reunited with his or her parent. An eleventh-hour executive order doesn’t fix the calamitous harm done to thousands of children and their parents. This executive order would replace one crisis for another. Children don’t belong in jail at all, even with their parents, under any set of circumstances. If the president thinks placing families in jail indefinitely is what people have been asking for, he is grossly mistaken.”
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