Donald Trump's US administration has been lambasted around the world for its hard-line approach of separating migrant children from their parents at the border. His executive order to 'end' the process is not what it seems though
21 Junio 2018 16:47
The past few weeks have seen an immigration crisis unfold for President Donald Trump and his administration as images, reports, videos and recordings of children being separated from their parents at the US border came to light.
It is not secret that Trump has sought to take a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to undocumented migrants who attempt to enter America through unofficial means since his election campaign. But the world watched in numbing helplessness at the reality of his administration’s treatment of Central American families at the southern border.
Trump and his band of seemingly callous cabinet members claimed that they would obviously prefer to keep families together in immigration detention facilities, but were forced by lack of any other options to separate babies, toddlers, and teenagers from their parents at the US-Mexico border so the adults could be prosecuted for entering America illegally.
As pressure mounted on the leader of the US, particularly over the last week, he appeared to make a U-turn on his tough stance of ripping families apart. Trump signed an executive order yesterday, which contrary to being a ‘reversal’ of his inhumane ‘zero tolerance’ approach, actually allows for the administration to do what they could not do before: keep children in immigration detention while their parents are prosecuted.
Rather than being one long leap in the fight for humanity, what Trump and his administration is relying upon is that this will in turn allow for these families’ fast deportation. If that is not the eventuality, the administration is willing to detain families for an indefinite amount of time.
The executive order, entitled ‘Affording Congress an Opportunity to Address Family Separation,’ will essentially jump start Congress to make a quick decision about validating a proposal to keep families detained indefinitely.
Without Congress, it is unlikely that the federal judiciary will allow this order to stand in its current form, Vox reports, because it appears to violate the 1997 Flores settlement that the administration cited as the reason it could not detain families indefinitely.
The order also does not require the president to stop separating families, but it most likely will curtail the aggressive means in which it has been implemented in the last six weeks.