Trump says he’ll be “signing something in a little while” to end family separation at the border
Early last month, the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy was initiated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. It was implemented with the goal of a 100 percent prosecution rate for those crossing the border illegally, which meant adults are sent straight to federal court and kids were sent to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement to be placed in shelters or with relatives.
As it turns out, most Americans aren’t thrilled with the idea of putting babies and toddlers in what basically amount to concentration camps, so now, Trump’s walking back his own policy and promising to sign an order ending the separation of families at the border.
“We want security for our country. The Republicans want security and insist on security for our country, and we will have that. At the same time we have compassion. We want to keep families together. It’s very important. I’ll be signing something in a little while,” he told assembled lawmakers. “We’re going to keep families together but we still have to maintain toughness or our country will be overrun by people, by crime, by all of the things that we don’t stand for and that we don’t want,”
— TicToc by Bloomberg (@tictoc) June 20, 2018
Despite his best propaganda-spreading efforts to insist otherwise, the directive to separate kids from their parents while families await deportation proceedings was entirely initiated by the Trump administration. Yes, families were detained for illegally crossing the border before he was elected. No, they were not kept separate from one another with kids parentless, housed with several hundred other children all while having no clue when they will see their moms and dads again. Trump can try all he wants not to own this, but it’s his completely.
During a closed Republican session last night, he said, “We gotta take care of separation. It’s too nasty.”
“You have to work, work, work … then after 10, 12, maybe 13 years you have a chance to become a citizen,” Trump said, as he mulled over two Republican immigration bills, one that’s more hard-line and another seen as more of a compromise. “There is no one in the room more hard-line on immigration than me, but this gives people an incentive, otherwise there is no incentive. This is a tremendous incentive. So you’re talking 12, 13 years out and then you don’t even get a green card until the wall is built so this is an incentive to get the wall built faster. People are gonna want us to build the wall. So that plus border security.”
It’s no secret that Trump has used migrant children as pawns in his bid to get Democrats to agree to building the wall. He’s repeatedly blamed them for the impasse over how to handle immigration and borders. “We need Democrats’ support. They don’t want to give it because Democrats love open borders,” he said. Basically, he was trying to get Democrats to agree to his precious wall in exchange for halting his horrifying family separation policy.
Now, he’s going back on his own disgustingly inhumane directive while trying to pretend all along that it wasn’t his fault.
Also, let’s not forget what a total fucking liar he is, even down to his own presidential powers. He’s blown plenty of hot air about how halting this policy was out of his hands. Turns out, it was in his tiny hands all along.
Today: Trump says he will sign 'something' to keep families together
2 days ago: "Congress and the courts created this problem, and Congress alone can fix it," Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen told reporters.
— David P Gelles (@gelles) June 20, 2018
Trump doesn't have to sign anything to stop family separations. He could do it with a phone call. Which is why if it happens, it's just more Trump theater. Another photo op to sell a lie that he did something to fix a problem he caused in the first place.
— Randi Mayem Singer (@rmayemsinger) June 20, 2018
Bottom line, until all of the currently detained children are reunited with their parents, this is just more Trump hot air. Let’s hope for the sake of those kids that it’s not.