News

Immigration

Trump Signs Executive Order Prohibiting Family Separation at Border

President Donald Trump signs an executive order on immigration policy in the Oval Office of the White House, June 20, 2018. (Leah Millis/Reuters)

President Trump signed an executive order Wednesday halting his administration’s practice of separating parents from their children while they are prosecuted for crossing the southern border illegally.

The U.S. must have a “very powerful, very strong border,” the president told reporters. “At the same time we have compassion. We want to keep families together. It’s very important….I didn’t like the sight or the feeling of families being separated.”

Since the debut of the administration’s “zero tolerance” policy of prosecuting all adults who cross into the U.S. illegally, at least 2,300 children have been separated from their parents or guardians. The president said Wednesday that the policy will continue, but families will be detained together going forward.

“It is the policy of this Administration to rigorously enforce our immigration laws,” the order reads. “It is also the policy of this Administration to maintain family unity, including by detaining alien families together where appropriate and consistent with law and available resources. It is unfortunate that Congress’s failure to act and court orders have put the Administration in the position of separating alien families to effectively enforce the law.”

The problem of immigration has plagued many administrations, the president said, lamenting the lack of “political courage” needed to fix the broken system before adding that he expects Congress to match his executive order with legislation soon.

Most Popular

Politics & Policy

Strzok by a Farce

An investigation is one of two things: a search for the truth, or a farce. The House is conducting a farce. That fact was on full display during ten hours of testimony by Peter Strzok, the logorrheic lawman who steered the FBI’s Clinton-emails and Trump–Russia probes. The principal question before the ... Read More
Elections

Democrats Are Dumping Moderates

The activist base of the Democratic party is lurching left fast enough that everyone should pay attention. Activists matter because their turnout in low-turnout primaries and caucuses almost propelled leftist Bernie Sanders to victory over Hillary Clinton in 2016. Last month, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez unseated New ... Read More
Film & TV

Stalin at the Movies

Toward the end of The Death of Stalin, two Communist Party bosses size up Joseph Stalin’s immediate successor, Georgy Malenkov. “Can we trust him?” one asks. “Can you ever really trust a weak man?” his comrade answers. Good question. Last week brought the news that the head of Shambhala ... Read More
World

‘The Warning Lights Are Blinking Red Again’

One of President Trump’s outstanding appointments has been Dan Coats, his director of national intelligence. Coats is a former House member, former senator, and former ambassador to Germany. He is a Hoosier (i.e., from Indiana). Whether he plays basketball, I don’t know. At Wheaton College, he played soccer. ... Read More