BREAKING UPDATE: President Trump Signs Executive Order to Keep Families Together at Border
Democrats on Tuesday rejected a bill that would keep illegal immigrant families together on the border.
Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.) on Tuesday dismissed a legislative proposal backed by Republican leaders to keep immigrant families together.
Homeland Security officials say there have been 148 cases where someone fraudulently posed as a family member of children at the U.S. border from October to April.
On Wednesday, the White House announced it is considering executive action to prevent children from being separated from their parents.
Fox News reported:
The White House is considering executive action to allow children to stay with parents caught crossing the border illegally, Fox News has learned — a step that could avoid the family separations that have triggered a national outcry and political crisis for Republicans.
The action under consideration would allow children to stay in detention with parents for an extended period of time. This comes as congressional Republicans scramble to draft legislation to address the same issue, but face challenges mustering the votes.
The separations stem from the administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy, which aims to prosecute all illegal border crossers. But because of a 1997 order and related decisions, children cannot be detained for longer than 20 days with the adults.
Sources told Fox News that such an executive action by Trump could be seen to run afoul of the 1997 order and would likely draw a lawsuit. But the White House wants to try to take steps to uphold the enforcement of the law, while at the same time lessening the trauma of children being separated from their parents.
Senator Chuck Schumer proved what we know to be true.
The Democrats do not want to solve the immigration problem. They would rather the problem persist so they can continue to wring their hands over another manufactured crisis to distract from the damning IG report and robust economy.
Update: At 3PM ET President Trump signed an Executive Order to keep families together at the border, confirms “zero-tolerance” prosecution policy will stay in place.