Donald Trump signed an executive order that will end the practice of separating families from children during detention, writes David French of National Review. Not only this, his statement suggested that imprisoned illegal immigrants could be released after 20 days. These are the requirements under a Flores v. Sessions legal settlement. Such enforcement would bear strong resemblance to the ‘catch-and-release’ practices of previous administrations. Democrats, who have strongly opposed most of Trump’s immigration policies, should embrace this change. The executive order was a strong turnaround from his previous stance.
President Trump’s executive order, barring the separation of detained immigrant children from their parents, does not solve America’s border issues, holds Richard Wolffe of The Guardian. Restrictive treatment of immigrants is set to continue in other ways. While children won’t be separated from their families, they can all now be detained indefinitely together, which is no solution. Crossing the border is a misdemeanor, not a felony, and it is legal to cross it to claim asylum. Many of the children already separated won’t see their families again. Trump is also trying to deport naturalized US citizens for behavior from before they became naturalized.