Over the last several days, thousands of people around the U.S. have been forming harsh assessments of the ever-growing immigration crisis. The mainstream media decided to attack President Trump for his "zero-tolerance" policy over an issue that has been in existence for the past 20 years but is just now gaining attention.
The entire issue revolves around children being separated from their parents at the border when they cross illegally. The reason for the separation is that in 1997, a law was formed that said that children were not able to be detained for over 20 days, even if they were with their parents. Over the next several years, many other laws or additions were created along these same lines.
While the law has been in place through the last few White House administrations, President Trump's administration had revealed that they would create a "zero-tolerance" policy, essentially meaning that they would prosecute illegal border crossings. However, with prosecutions taking place, that would mean that children would eventually be separated from their parents after the 20 days. When this news emerged, American citizens began reacting with harsh criticism. People formed opinions on both sides of the spectrum, even if many people did not know the details of the crisis.
Over the last several days, many prominent voices have been speaking out regarding the immigration crisis and the issue of children being separated from their parents. After a lot of attacks, Press Secretary Sanders noted that it was a law signed by former President Bush in 2008 that propelled the separations. Additionally, she noted that President Obama didn't urge Congress to change the law during his time in the White House. She said that this current administration is simply addressing the problem at hand and working to fix those issues.
Now, President Trump has made an important promise regarding the separations. On Wednesday, June 20, he revealed that he will be signing an executive order to try to get around the 1997 law that forces the family separations. Before when he has spoken out about it, he has said that it needs to go through Congress. While that is still true in order to truly fix the problem, he is now planning on signing an executive order to calm the problem at least for a moment.
President Trump said, "I'll be signing something in a little while [to keep families together]." He said that it would be "somewhat preemptive" and would be "matched by legislation."
Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen also told Fox News that they would create a standalone bill in order to close the "loopholes" created by the 1997 bill. However, House legislation would still be the ideal option.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan also spoke out, saying that the administration in no way wants to separate children from their parents. He said that he believes that their immigration laws can be followed without having any family separation.
We will continue to keep you updated as more information is revealed about the situation or as soon as President Trump signs his executive order. Meanwhile, let us know what you think about all of this!
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