Courtesy of CNN:
President Donald Trump on Wednesday reversed his debunked argument that he had no authority to stop separations of undocumented immigrant families at the border, signing an executive order to keep parents and kids together.
“We’re signing an executive order. I consider it to be a very important executive order. It’s about keeping families together, while at the same time being sure we have a very powerful, very strong border,” Trump said.
Trump’s climbdown came after he faced intense pressure from across the political spectrum and from religious, political and world leaders to halt the separations, which produced days of heartrending news coverage of crying children — some of whom were kept in cage-like detention centers.
The President claimed, though, that he isn’t backing down.
“The border is just as tough. But we do want to keep families together,” Trump said in the Oval Office. “We are keeping the family together.”
It is worth noting that earlier Trump had claimed that the policy was the Democrat’s fault (It isn’t.), that there was a law (There wasn’t.), and that this could not be solved with a simple executive order (Which he just signed today.)
In short, Donald Trump created this crisis, lied about it for weeks, and is now attempting to paint himself as a hero for ending it.
Also, keep in mind that this new order does nothing to end the zero-tolerance policy, talks about “indefinite” detention for people simply crossing the border, and does not offer a clear methodology for reunited the families that have already been torn apart.
An HHS official tells @weijia that there will NOT be special efforts made to reunite children who have already been separated from their families bc of the Zero Tolerance Policy, despite Trumps EO. Process will proceed for minors currently in the unaccompanied children program.
— Jacqueline Alemany (@JaxAlemany) June 20, 2018
This is simply kabuki theater and nothing more.