Public Outcry Forces Trump's Hand: Executive Order Prohibiting Separation Coming

Public outcry, even from Republicans has gotten so intense, Trump had to act. He will issue an executive order.

President Trump is preparing to issue an executive order as soon as Wednesday that ends the separation of families at the border by indefinitely detaining parents and children together, according to a person familiar with the White House plans.

Mr. Trump’s executive order would seek to get around an existing 1997 consent decree, known as the Flores settlement, that prohibits the federal government from keeping children in immigration detention — even if they are with their parents — for more than 20 days.

Mr. Trump has for weeks refused to simply end his government’s “zero tolerance” policy that led to the separation of more than 2,300 children from their parents, saying that the alternative would be to fling open the nation’s borders and allow immigrants who cross the border illegally to remain in the country.

“We’re going to be signing an executive order in a little while,” Mr. Trump said Wednesday. “We’ve got to be keeping families together."

The order would keep families together, though it is unclear how Mr. Trump intends to claim the legal authority to violate what have been legal constraints on the proper treatment of children in government custody, which prevented former President Barack Obama from detaining families together during a similar flood of illegal immigration two years ago.

Public Relations Disaster

Obama did not enforce the law. Trump plans to issue an executive order instead.

This has been a public relations disaster for Trump and Republicans. Yesterday, I commented Dear Mr. President: Your Actions are So Despicable 15 Republican Senators Object.

When 15 Republican Senators asked Trump to stop, he had to.

Now Congress can take up the issue. But the fundamental problem remains: Open borders and free handouts are incompatible.

For discussion of that fundamental issue, please see Trump's Immoral Immigration Tactics: What's the Libertarian View?

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

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My problem is not with Mish but the media and Democratic Party operatives that lie daily. This entire story seems to have more lies than Pinocchio. Those photos were either from Obama era centers or were not from actual separations yet the meme was Trump is doing this when it had nothing to do with Trump policy but US policy. Now the asses are jumping on him for trying to give them what they wanted (even though he does not have the power legally). This dude just cannot win.

Mike Mish Shedlock
Mike Mish Shedlock


Obviously, you cannot read. Most of my rants about Trump are about trade. I have been making the same points for over a decade. I don't even like CNN. But no one is wrong all the time. I do not even recall using CNN. But perhaps I did. So what? And by the way, where did I ever say we should not stop illegal crossings? Please cite a reference. Since you can't, learn how to read.


More facts: Turns out the girl in pink, who has since been put on the cover of Time magazine, was never separated from her mother. Furthermore, it turns out her mother was not fleeing Honduras because of violence at all.

Her husband says she paid a human trafficker $6,000 to smuggle her and her youngest daughter (she has two other children) to the United States because she “had always wanted to experience the American dream.” Life in Honduras was “fine but not great,” the husband told The Daily Mail, adding “It’s hard to find a good job here and that’s why many people choose to leave.”


Mish do all of your Trump-hate talking points come directly from CNN? Let's get to the truth and facts. The PARENTS of young children are putting their children at risk by ILLEGALLY crossing the border. And YES we should shut the border to ILLEGAL crossings. If you don't like it, petition congress to change it! In the meantime enforce the law of the land. Today we live in a land where the rule of law is selectively enforced by kings and queens - nearly exclusively on the 99%.


"Now Congress can take up the issue. "

Democrats refuse to legislate, as Schumer said. The Democratic Party supports illegal immigration. They don't care about the children, except as tools to use as means to their end.