THE LATEST: Trump Defends Family Separation Policy & Confirms He’s Considering Doing It Again
October 15, 2018
This weekend, Trump defended his family separation policy that led to at least 2,500 children being forcibly separated from their families. Trump also confirmed that he is considering a new policy to tear even more families apart. Here’s the latest:
Trump confirmed that he is considering a new family separation policy.
Washington Post: “President Trump confirmed Saturday that he is considering a new family separation policy at the U.S.-Mexico border because he believes the administration’s earlier move to separate migrant children from parents was an effective deterrent to illegal crossings.”
Trump continued to defend his family separation policy in a ‘60 Minutes’ interview.
The Hill: “President Trump on Sunday defended his administration’s controversial ‘zero tolerance’ policy, which resulted in the separation of thousands of children from their parents at the southern U.S. border earlier this year.”
The Trump administration is appealing a court ruling that prevents it from deporting hundreds of thousands of immigrants who were living and working in the U.S. under temporary protected status.
Associated Press: “The Trump administration is appealing a judge’s ruling that prevents the deportation of hundreds of thousands of immigrants from four countries who are living and working in the U.S. under temporary protected status.”
The Trump administration released a proposed rule to change “public charge” policies that could deny green cards to immigrants who use public benefits.
Kaiser Family Foundation: “On October 10, 2018, the Trump administration released a proposed rule to change ‘public charge’ policies that govern how the use of public benefits may affect individuals’ ability to obtain legal permanent resident (LPR) status. The proposed rule would expand the programs that the federal government would consider in public charge determinations to include previously excluded health, nutrition, and housing programs, including Medicaid. It also identifies characteristics DHS could consider as negative factors that would increase the likelihood of someone becoming a public charge, including having income below 125% of the federal poverty level (FPL) ($25,975 for a family of three as of 2018).”