U.S. President Donald Trump signs an executive order to keep families together at the border, but says that the 'zero-tolerance' prosecution policy will continue, during an event in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on Wednesday. I can't help it, but Pence gives me the creeps. He is always in the background with that spooky half smile.
Bowing to pressure from anxious allies, Donald Trump abruptly reversed himself Wednesday and signed an executive order halting his administration’s policy of separating children from their parents when they are detained illegally crossing the U.S. border.
It was a dramatic turnaround for Trump, who has been insisting, wrongly, that his administration had no choice but to separate families apprehended at the border because of federal law and a court decision. In fact Trump passed that law and put in place the policy to tear children from the arms of their families.
The order does not end the “zero-tolerance” policy that criminally prosecutes all adults caught crossing the border illegally. But, at least for the next few weeks, it would keep families together while they are in custody, expedite their cases and ask the Defence Department to help house them. It also doesn’t change anything yet for the some 2,300 children taken from their families since the policy was put into place.
The news in recent days has been dominated by searing images of children held in cages at border facilities, as well as audio recordings of young children crying for their parents — images that have sparked fury, questions of morality and concern from Republicans about a negative impact on their races in November’s midterm elections.
Until Wednesday, the president, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and other officials had repeatedly argued the only way to end the practice was for Congress to pass new legislation, while Democrats said Trump could do it with his signature alone. That’s just what he did.
“We’re going to have strong, very strong borders, but we’re going to keep the families together,” said Trump, who added that he didn’t like the “sight” or “feeling” of children separated from their parents.
Really? Then why did you create and pass this nightmare into legislation? Is it because the children of' criminals' and 'rapists' should be treated accordingly? Explain yourself to the young mother who had her baby pulled from her arms while breast feeding and was handcuffed when she protested.
Horse Hockey ! Mr Trump , You couldn't take the backlash of public horror and disbelief. You couldn't withstand world wide disapproval and negative press so close to mid-term elections. Even the Pope made sure you knew he abhorred this abuse of children and babies. This is on you Trump.