WASHINGTON: President Trump signed the Executive Order to End Family Separation to keep families on the border together. Trump signed the order saying he is working to fix a problem that is 60 years in the making. He is demanding that people seeking asylum do so via legal ports of entry, not just walking across the border to disappear into the resident population.
The administration will continue to charge those entering the U.S. outside of ports of entry with illegal entry. They must go through the legal process of seeking asylum to avoid charges. The Executive Order, signed under pressure from both the First Lady and daughter Ivanka, says that children will be kept with their parents in a shelter until they can be processed.
Until now, the “zero tolerance” prosecution policy led to families being separated because it subjected all migrants who crossed the border illegally to criminal prosecution. When parents were taken to detention, children were reclassified as “unaccompanied minors” and sent to government-run facilities.
Executive Order to end Family Separation
The order was drafted by Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. It directs her department to keep families together even if they are detained crossing the border illegally.
“We are going to keep the families together. I didn’t like the sight or the feeling of families being separated,” Trump said on signing the order.
“This will solve that problem,” Trump declared.
This policy reversal comes after the Trump administration faced withering criticism from politicians on both sides of the aisle, humanitarian groups, pediatricians, religious groups and others.
While the order should quell the moral outrage and virtue signaling of liberals and former first ladies, children can now be held indefinitely with their parents in a shelter.
June 30th #FamiliesBelongTogether protests are ON. Trump’s shift – thanks to public outrage – means kids and babies will still be in jail. This isn’t a fix; it’s making baby jails permanent. Reunite the families. End baby jails. Work for freedom. JOIN US: https://t.co/0KcLXHgAUb
— Anna Galland (@annagalland) June 20, 2018
This is not about brown-skinned children, it is about politics
Unless Congress does its job and crafts a comprehensive immigration bill, we will revert to Obama-era policies. These include releasing illegal immigrants and ordering them to return to stand before an immigration judge at a future date. Historically, about 97 percent of them fail to return for that court date. Not only does this create an immigration nightmare for America, but a humanitarian crisis even greater than keeping children in detention facilities.
For days, Democrats, liberals and even some Republicans have cried crocodile tears over the children at the border.
Children have been brought to the border by adults, many using them to gain illegal access to the United States. According to a Fox News report, there are 10,000 children on the border. Most do not have an identifiable parent because they were separated before they got to the border. Parents sending their child on the perilous journey with traffickers. Or the child has been kidnapped to be used as a pawn to cross the border.
None of those situations is pleasant to consider.
Make no mistake, the children of Mexico, Central America, and South America are beautiful. Innocent. They want to feel safe. They want to be fed and healthy. The detention centers on the border are imperfect, but they seek to do all those things, and they don’t put infants and toddlers in cages.
These children are pawns in a political game
These children have no say in what is happening to them. They would have preferred to stay home, but they need homes free of violence and poverty. These children need governments that provide them an education so that they can step out of generational poverty.
They want what most children in the U.S. have, and we can’t blame them for that. But that desire has made them pawns of their own governments’ policies, not the uncaring policies of the United States or President Trump.
Former First Ladies Clinton and Bush speak out, while shedding Liberal Crocodile Tears
Hillary Clinton’s recent tweet is outrageous.
What’s happening to families at the border right now is a humanitarian crisis. Every parent who has ever held a child in their arms, every human being with a sense of compassion and decency, should be outraged.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 18, 2018
Her position in 2014 was very different:
“Just because your child gets across the border that doesn’t mean your child gets to stay”
– Hillary Clinton 2014 pic.twitter.com/2uKZqnjTbM
— Jack Posobiec🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) June 18, 2018
Hillary’s hypocrisy is palpable, but let us not forget how her husband’s administration terrorized a small
boy found adrift on the sea on Thanksgiving, 1995. Elian Gonzalez’s escape from Cuba was at a huge price. His mother, seeking asylum with family in Florida, drowned. When Elian was saved, he went to live with his uncle’s family, only to be ripped out of his bed in the middle of the night by armed men.
Elian was a pawn in a custody battle between his father in Cuba and his Uncle in America.
Elian, now a man of 24, still lives in Cuba and has not been allowed to return to the U.S., even as a tourist.
Now Mrs. Clinton worries about the children who are now living at U.S. Taxpayer expense. And while Mrs. Bush pulls on heartstrings with her comment, what did her husband or father-in-law ever do to fix border problems. Problems that include illegal immigrants, human traffickers, sex traffickers, drug mules and murderous gang members?
What did #43 do about Illegal Immigration?
First Lady Laura Bush tweets:
I live in a border state. I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our international boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart.https://t.co/he1uw1E96A
— Laura Bush (@laurawbush) June 18, 2018
In his January 2007 State of the Union Address, President Bush said:
Extending hope and opportunity in our country requires an immigration system worthy of America-with laws that are fair and borders that are secure. When laws and borders are routinely violated, this harms the interests of our country. To secure our border, we are doubling the size of the Border Patrol and funding new infrastructure and technology.
Unfortunately, he never followed through. Instead sidelining “catch and release”, the border policy that effectively allowed tens of thousands of illegal immigrants to enter the U.S. and disappear.
According to the Center for Immigration Studies Catch and Release Interior immigration enforcement in 2013:
- In 2013, ICE charged only 195,000, or 25 percent, out of 722,000 potentially deportable aliens they encountered. Most of these aliens came to ICE’s attention after incarceration for a local arrest.
- ICE released 68,000 criminal aliens in 2013, or 35 percent of the criminal aliens encountered by officers. The vast majority of these releases occurred because of the Obama administration’s prosecutorial discretion policies, not because the aliens were not deportable.
- ICE targeted 28 percent fewer aliens for deportation from the interior in 2013 than in 2012, despite sustained high numbers of encounters in the Criminal Alien and Secure Communities programs.
- Every ICE field office but one reported a decline in interior enforcement activity, with the largest decline in the Atlanta field office, which covers Georgia and the Carolinas.
- ICE reports that there are more than 870,000 aliens on its docket who , despite not being given status in the U.S., but who remain in defiance of the law.
- Under current policies, an alien’s family relationships, political considerations, attention from advocacy groups, and other factors not related to public safety can trump even serious criminal convictions and result in the termination of a deportation case.
- Less than 2 percent of ICE’s caseload was in detention at the end of the fiscal year 2013.
- About three-fourths of the aliens, ICE detained in 2013 had criminal and/or immigration convictions so serious that the detention was required by statute. This suggests the need for more detention capacity, so ICE can avoid releasing so many deportable criminal aliens.
A profile of the foreign-born using 2014 and 2015 Census Bureau data
- In 2014, 21 percent of immigrants and their U.S.-born children (under 18) lived in poverty, compared to 13 percent of natives and their children. Immigrants and their children account for about one-fourth of all persons in poverty.
- Almost one in three children (under age 18) in poverty have immigrant fathers.
- In 2014, 18 percent of immigrants and their U.S.-born children (under 18) lacked health insurance, compared to 9 percent of natives and their children.
- In 2014, 42 percent of immigrant-headed households used at least one welfare program (primarily food assistance and Medicaid), compared to 27 percent for natives. Both figures represent an undercount. If adjusted for undercount based on other Census Bureau data, the rate would be 57 percent for immigrants and 34 percent for natives.
- In 2014, 12 percent of immigrant households were overcrowded, using a common definition of such households. This compares to 2 percent of native households.
Democrats want to return to Catch and Release of Illegal Immigration
Thanks to media and political crocodile tears, we are looking to go back to Catch and Release – creating an ever-widening pool of uneducated, non-English speaking illegal immigrants who, once in America, have little or no chance of bettering their lives. They just trade fear of their government for fear of the U.S. Government. They are still targets of drug cartels and gang violence. They still live in poverty.
Standing Shoulder to Shoulder with the President
If Mrs. Bush and Mrs. Clinton want to be the spokespersons for the brown-skinned children, they have to join the President, stand shoulder to shoulder with him. They should demand that Congress reform immigration laws and that would-be illegal immigrants go through points of entry. Mexico, instead of paying for the wall, should be maintaining adequate housing for the immigrants, in Mexico, while their status to enter the U.S. is being reviewed.
Mexico allows people to illegally cross their borders to illegally enter the U.S. And with unchecked illegal immigration, the U.S. will find itself financially ruined as the percentage pool of taxpayers shrinks under the weight of bad immigration policies.