Day After Trump's Executive Order, Lots of Confusion

'Chaos,' 'uncertainty,' contradictions surround issues of immigrants, border separations
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 21, 2018 4:19 PM CDT
President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House, Thursday, June 21, 2018, in Washington.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – Confusion abounded a day after President Trump signed an executive order ending the separation of migrant families at the border. The Washington Post reported Thursday, citing a senior Customs and Border Protection official, that Border Patrol agents would no longer refer parents who cross into the US illegally with their children to federal courthouses to face criminal charges. "We’re suspending prosecutions of adults who are members of family units until ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) can accelerate resource capability to allow us to maintain custody," the official told the paper. But the Justice Department quickly shot down that report, with a spokesperson tweeting, "There has been no change to the department’s zero tolerance policy to prosecute adults who cross our border illegally instead of claiming asylum at any port of entry at the border."

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