Trump to issue order to keep migrant families together but detained
Criticism and demonstrations have prompted the White House to reconsider family separation measures, just two months after its "zero tolerance" policies were put in place.
It seems that the White House has heard for the first time the internal and external criticism regarding one of its policies.
According to sources close to President Donald Trump's administration, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen and White House lawyers have begun hastily drafting an executive order suspending family separation at the border.
As reported by Politico, "the action will direct the Department of Homeland Security to keep the families together, and will instruct the Department of Defense to help house the families because many of the detention centers are at capacity."
After images of children in improvised "cages" and audio of children in tears when separated from their parents were made public, the president's administration has been under one of the worst cries of criticism since Trump's inauguration, both by activists and national political representatives, as well as international organizations.
However, the government has insisted on defending its positions saying, "it’s a matter of the state of the law" and even insisting that the fault lies with the Democratic opposition.
For her part, Secretary Nielsen has become the image of the new government measures, to the point of being heckled in public spaces for her decisions and statements.
Such pressure seems to have resulted in hasty decisions that seek to reverse the separation of families but will keep the children in custody along with their parents.
By signing the executive order, President Trump would be "getting around the existing 1997 consent decree known as the Flores Settlement, which prohibits the federal government from keeping children in immigration detention, even if they are with their parents, for more than 20 days," explained the New York Times.
This decision will not imply the suspension of the government's zero-tolerance policy; on the contrary, it will pave the way for the discussions that will take place this week in Congress to reach an agreement on the immigration bill that will approve the financing of other measures strongly desired by the president.
For this, the government has devoted these last days to issue contradictory statements regarding the reality that exists within the legislation and that, according to its arguments, supports family separation.
"Aides said that Mr. Trump is aware that his actions could once again be tied up in lengthy court battles. But the president and his allies believe that taking action could put pressure on Democrats by eliminating the criticism that Mr. Trump is separating children from their parents," the Times reported.
For his part, Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan announced that the House will vote on Thursday on legislation that would "keep families together," contemplating two Republican proposals that will include financing for the border wall and the end to other migratory measures against which the president has fiercely manifested.
"We are trying to pass this legislation right now. This is very good compromise legislation that not only solves the child separation issue at the border. It also solves the border. It solves DACA," Ryan said Wednesday, according to The Hill.
While this battle seems to have been won, the war against the government's anti-immigrant measures remains in the hope that social pressure will achieve what Congress still cannot guarantee.