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Moments ago, President Trump signed an executive order.

The order makes clear that family unity is a priority at the border.

We fully support the President’s action. The border must be secured. Our laws must be enforced. But the family must always take precedence.

Of course, a permanent legislative fix would have been better. Just yesterday Senator Ted Cruz, R-TX, proposed legislation that would have ended family separation, provided temporary housing facilities, and doubled the number of immigration judges so that cases could be processed faster.

But before the ink was even dry on Senator Cruz’s proposal, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer made clear Democrats would oppose the Cruz bill. In essence, they admitted they would rather the border crisis continue and focus on Trump instead. 

Keep in mind the Cruz bill was “clean” — meaning it had a laser focus on the family separation policy. No funding for a border wall. No E-Verify. Nothing on DACA.

And Democrats still said: “No way!”

HERE’S THE CRUX: Since the establishment of an immigration policy called the “Flores Settlement” in 1997, our laws have prevented children illegally crossing our border from being held in detention centers for more than 20 days. With the surge in those claiming asylum, the backlog of cases became impossible to resolve within 20 days. So the Obama administration decided to release the parents and children into the United States, pending a future court hearing (a practice commonly called “catch and release.”) Yet … according to the Heritage Foundation, 95% of asylum claimants never show up to their court hearing. And according to reports, as many as 80% of asylum claims are denied as illegitimate.

The Trump Administration decided instead to hold all adult illegal migrants in custody to prevent asylum claimants from fleeing. But, still bound by the Flores settlement, the Administration was forced to separate children after 20 days to the Department of Health and Human Services to find them a responsible guardian (with preference for relatives).

So what does the new Executive Order do? The order:

    1. States that the policy of the government is to rigorously enforce our nation’s immigration laws; but also to prioritize family unity as much as possible;
    2. Instructs the Secretary of Homeland Security to provide facilities to accommodate these families together for longer than 20 days;
    3. Instructs the Attorney General to petition the federal courts to modify the Flores settlement to allow families to be held together for more than 20 days, because of the current limitations of our immigration courts to handle the surge in cases.

This executive order is the right call. But the partisan propaganda and media hype we’ve watched over the last several days make clear that the good of migrant children and their families was often not the real goal. 

The comparisons to the Holocaust. The phony pictures of kids in cages taken, not from the border, but from a protest. The total media blackout on what occurred in the past. The references to “concentration camps,” and the insinuation that the only reason for the policy was racism and hatred, was downright despicable.

These children deserve better than to be used in a partisan war by supposedly educated people — some of whom are Catholic.

For this reason, don’t think for a second this issue has been resolved.

We’re thrilled families will be united. This was the right thing to do.

But we’re not stupid. Trump remains the target.

And November is their goal.

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3 Comments

  1. You do realize that Trump exacerbated family separations with his “zero tolerance” policy, right? He doesn’t get points for cleaning up his own mess.

    • FormerLiberal on

      Do you realize that progressives exacerbated family separations by encouraging these poor families to cross illegally at the border rather then to do it properly and safely through the many legal ports of entry?

      Also, why are these parents putting their children at risk by doing something so dangerous and illegal?

  2. Rob Schroeder on

    The number of false statements and stats here is astounding, again.
    1. The federal government has never claimed to resolve asylum cases within 20 days. You’re simply making this up. To literally quote the federal government: “For asylum applications filed on or after April 1, 1997, the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) states that the initial interview should take place within 45 days after the date the application is filed. A decision should be made on the asylum application within 180 days after the date the application is filed, unless there are exceptional circumstances.”
    https(colon)//www(dot)uscis(dot)gov/humanitarian/refugees-asylum/asylum/faq/how-long-does-process-take
    2. There is no surge in asylum cases. I’ve already posted this multiple times. I’ll post it again.
    https(colon)//www(dot)justice(dot)gov/eoir/statistical-year-book. Receipts for asylum hearings are as follows:
    ’16: 65,218
    ’15: 50,619
    ’14: 55,184
    ’13: 47,534
    ’12: 48,321
    ’11: 40,525
    ’10: 40,405
    ’09: 46,549
    ’08: 48,298
    ’07: 58,053
    ’06: 54,432
    ’05: ‘52,661
    ’04: 57,532
    ’03: 67,239
    ’02: 74,712
    ’01: 45,590
    ’00: 35,639
    I guess we’ll just pretend that the US has NEVER faced comparable levels of asylum seekers before, because that fits the agenda. Asylum rates have decreased from 2008-2011 and 2014-15, but we’ll just pretend that didn’t happen and declare they’ve been surging for years, because we need to defend whatever President Trump does.
    3. The statistic that 95% of asylum seekers do not show up for hearings IS VERY, VERY FALSE. I’ve already posted this multiple times. Here it is again:
    The Department of Justice describes an abandoned hearing as “The disposition of an application for relief if an applicant fails to appear for a court hearing, or fails to provide, without good cause, any required information within the time frame the immigration court allows.” The number of abandoned hearings compared to total asylum hearings is not half, and it’s not close to half. In 2016, of 65,218 asylum hearings received, there were 2,133 abandoned hearings, or 3.2%. For FY 12-15, abandoned hearings ranged from 2.7% to 3%.
    https(colon)//www(dot)justice(dot)gov/eoir/file/asylum-statistics/download
    4. Multiple bills were presented to address this situation. If you think the Cruz bill is superior, that’s fine, but to allege that this was the ONLY legislative solution available is highly misleading.
    To summarize: why do you continue to post blatantly false statistics and statements to defend whatever President Trump does?

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