Editorial Boards Urge Trump to End Family Separation
July 3, 2018
While thousands of Americans across the country marched in opposition to Trump’s family separation policy, editorial boards have joined the growing chorus calling for the administration to end its cruel policies and find a clear path to reuniting families. Democrats know that #FamiliesBelongTogether and we demand that the Trump administration reunite separated families, end their policy of indefinite family detention, and bring an end to the manufactured crisis at the border.
“Confusion continues to reign since Trump backed down. At one point, the Border Patrol said prosecutions of adults illegally crossing the border with children have been suspended, while the Justice Department said no such thing had happened.”
“At this point, more than 2,000 children remain in custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement after being forcibly separated from their parents. Even though a federal judge mercifully has ordered them all reunited within a month, it seems the administration never established a plan for doing so.”
“While the Trump administration says it has reunified more than 500 families, there’s growing evidence — and panic — that many of the 2,300 children who were separated from their parents may remain separated for months, years or even permanently.”
“The executive order was an acknowledgment of public opinion: Most Americans reject family separation as a penalty for sneaking across the border to seek a better life for one's children.”
“President Donald Trump has instead demonized immigrants as criminals trying to ‘infest’ the country and his policies have been similarly cruel. His zero-tolerance border policy created a humanitarian crisis by separating children from their parents, before public pressure caused him to reverse course.”