Members of the media and Democrats are unsatisfied with President Trump’s executive order temporarily ending family separations at the border and are now urging him to end his zero tolerance policy on prosecuting people who cross the border illegally.
President Trump announced Wednesday that he would allow families to be detained together while they wait to be prosecuted for illegal border crossings. Immigration law currently requires children to be sheltered separately as their parents await trial.
However, despite spending weeks complaining about the separation of families and even comparing the detention centers to concentration camps, the media and the Democrats are still railing against the president.
Because the Trump administration prosecutes illegal border crossers at a 100 percent rate, leftists are now complaining that families will be detained at all — even if they’re detained together. The implicit assertion is that people who cross the border illegally shouldn’t be detained, even though those people often fail to show up for their court hearings.
“Under the zero tolerance policy … so long as these parents are being prosecuted criminally, they will continue to be separated from their children and will be separated from their parents for at least a few days,” Natalia Cornelio, a criminal justice reform director, told MSNBC.
MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt questioned what would “happen next,” noting, “this executive order does not end the zero tolerance policy — everyone will continue to be prosecuted which puts a serious strain on resources.”
Democratic Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin complained on CNN that “it does not reverse his zero tolerance policy and so we’re still going to have some really critical issues to deal with relating to … families with young children.”
Democratic California Sen. Dianne Feinstein agreed, stating that the executive order “appears to be the next step in the Trump administration’s larger agenda to eliminate basic protections for asylum seekers.”
Feinstein: The executive order appears to be the next step in the Trump administration’s larger agenda to eliminate basic protections for asylum seekers.
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) June 20, 2018
“If the detention of families continues we’re still creating a different problem,” Efren Olivares, a civil rights attorney, asserted. “How are parents going to be brought into court without being separated from their children for their criminal hearings? That’s a big question. And if they are separated, what will be the next step? How are they going to be reunited?”
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights sent out a press release on Wednesday asserting that Trump’s executive order does not solve the “humanitarian crisis” because his administration will still be detaining children.
“The president crammed our nation’s highest ideals and values into a shredder. He does not get credit for taping them back together,” they added.
Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio complained about the shifting goalposts on Twitter, writing, “Democrats already arguing keeping families together isn’t enough.”
The ink isn’t even dry on the new executive order ending separation policy & some Democrats already arguing that keeping families together isn’t enough. Now they want them & their parents released after unlawful entry knowing full well that high % will never appear for hearing
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) June 20, 2018