Trump's Border Separation Move Could Pose Legal Issue

Executive order would likely violate Flores settlement agreement
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 20, 2018 11:36 AM CDT
Updated Jun 20, 2018 2:55 PM CDT
President Donald Trump listens during a meeting with Republican members of Congress on immigration in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Wednesday, June 20, 2018, in Washington.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – After weeks of outcry, President Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order to end the controversial practice of separating migrant children from their parents at the US border. The order declares that it is the administration's policy to "maintain family unity," including by detaining entire families together "where appropriate and consistent with law and available resources," CNN reports; children will still be removed if there is a concern for their welfare. (Read the order in full here.) The order, which sources say was put together by the White House, the Justice Department, and the Department of Homeland Security, directs the Pentagon and other agencies to find places families can be housed, and notes that families will be prioritized in the adjudication process.

  • Upon signing the order, Trump said that it would still ensure "we have a very powerful, very strong border." He said he's not backing down on that issue: "The border is just as tough. But we do want to keep families together. We are keeping the family together."
  • In comments made at the White House earlier Wednesday, Trump had signaled the move, saying "we want to keep families together, I'll be signing something in a little while that's going to do that." He said his move would be "somewhat preemptive and will ultimately be matched by legislation I'm sure," Politico reported.

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