After weeks of seeing images of children in camps and audio of children begging to be reunited with their parents not to mention the backlash that Donald Trump and his administration has received, Donald Trump has finally agreed to sign a policy to stop the separation of families at the border. This new policy which was not a law but a policy put in place by the Trump administration to crack down on the illegal entry of immigrants into our country was nothing short of inhumane, with many calling it a stark reminder of the how the Holocaust started.
People have taken to social media to express their disgust about the horrible treatment of these families, Trump’s own party has even come out saying how wrong this is but Trump and his administration stood firm about their “zero tolerance policy.” In the last few days, Trump had blamed the Democrats for the separation of families. He took to the news and social media to say that this policy could end today but it was the Democrats who would not budge on the issue. The issue at hand? The famous wall that Trump and the Republicans want to put up, which they think will protect our borders from illegal immigrants. Today, however, President finally caved to enormous political pressure from both sides not to mention the media.
“We’re going to have strong- very strong- borders, but we are going to keep the families together. I didn’t like the sight or the feeling of families being separated,” Trump expressed today as he signed the order in the Oval Office.
According to Justice Department officials, it was not clear whether the practice of separating families could resume after 20 days if a federal judge refuses to give the government the authority it wants to hold families together for a longer period. Health and Human Service officials have said that more than 2,300 children who have already been separated from their parents under Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy will not be immediately reunited with their families while adults remain in federal custody during the immigration proceedings.
According to insiders, the President finally budged on the issue after his wife Melania and his daughter, both who told him privately that this policy was wrong. The president’s four-page order says that officials will continue to criminally prosecute everyone who crosses the border illegally, but will seek to find or build facilities that can hold families — parents and children together — instead of separating them while their legal cases are considered by the courts.