Trump Reverses Family Separation Policy. Kind Of.

Trump Reverses Family Separation Policy. Kind Of. June 21, 2018

Facing massive public anger over images of children being taken from the arms of their parents when they cross the border, Trump signed an executive order ending the policy — kind of. In the process, he proved that everything he had said in defense of that policy was a lie from the very start.

President Trump abruptly reversed course Wednesday, signing an executive order ending family separations at the U.S.-Mexico border after a public uproar over the impact of his administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy.

The plan would keep families together in federal custody while awaiting prosecution for illegal border crossings, potentially violating a 1997 court settlement limiting the duration of child detentions.

“So we’re going to have strong, very strong borders, but we’re going to keep the families together,” Trump said as he signed the order in the Oval Office. “I didn’t like the sight or the feeling of families being separated.”

See, here’s the thing: You can’t spend days and days defending the practice as the right thing to do, and one required by law, and then claim that you ended it out of your own moral conscience. Everyone knows you’re lying, just like you’ve been lying about all of this from the very beginning. And signing this order proves that. If, in fact, that policy was necessary to stop immigrants from “infesting” — to borrow Nazi rhetoric, as you like to do — the country, then you would not have changed course.

If the family separation policy was really required by law and only Congress could change it, you could not have reversed it by signing an executive order. You were lying about that and we all know it. It was your policy from the start, your decision to do this. But you still can’t admit that because, well, you’re a liar. It’s what you are. And you don’t really care even one little bit about the morality of it or the devastation it causes for those families. You were just forced by political pressure to reverse it because if you hadn’t, your party was going to get pummeled in the midterm elections. Let’s hope that still happens.

But the reality is that this doesn’t actually fix the situation. It just locks families up together rather than seprately, which is unjustified and unnecessary. More details on that in a subsequent post.

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