The Truth On Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Executive Order

Trump’s executive order is a continuation of his anti-immigrant and cruel policies. It is nothing but a weak attempt to claim credit for ending the crisis he himself manufactured. Here are the lowlights of Trump’s executive order:


  1. “ZERO TOLERANCE” POLICY REMAINS:  Trump’s executive order does not change his “zero tolerance” policy that created the family separation crisis.


Washington Post: “Trump’s said the order does not alter the ‘zero tolerance’ policy itself that the administration put in place in April. Under that policy, the administration has sought to prosecute as many border-crossing offenses as possible, including those involving families with children.”


  1. FAMILIES CAN STILL BE SEPARATED:  Trump’s executive order includes caveats allowing the separation of families when there is insufficient detention space for parents with children.


CNN: “While the Justice Department will continue to prosecute adults who cross the border illegally in federal court, the order says, Trump asks that families be housed together ‘where appropriate and consistent with law and available resources.’ It was not immediately clear whether the caveats would still result in a substantial number of separations.”


  1. INDEFINITE DETENTION:  Trump’s executive order creates a new crisis by seeking the indefinite detention of families with children.


Vox: “Now, Trump’s executive order — which some in the press are reporting as a ‘reversal’ or ‘relenting’ on family separation — simply directs the administration to do the thing they said they couldn’t do: detain children along with their parents in immigration detention while the parents are prosecuted, and while the family’s immigration case is resolved. The Trump administration is hoping this will result in their speedy deportation, but if not, it’s now willing to detain the family indefinitely.”


  1. NO PLAN FOR SEPARATED FAMILIES:  Trump’s executive order does nothing to reunite children and parents separated under his zero tolerance policy.


New York Times: “The administration has decided not to try to reunite children and parents who were separated at the border under the zero-tolerance policy, Kenneth Wolfe, a spokesman for the Health and Human Services Department, confirmed.”


Business Insider: “Immigration lawyers warn Trump's executive order still gives the government plenty of wiggle room to keep separating parents from their children.”