Uh oh. Looks like she’s getting involved in policy. That might not be good.
Unless this is basically a “Message: We care” photo op. But I don’t think Melania does much to smooth Donald’s rough edges, people already differentiate her from the president, unlike Ivanka, who kind of shares the rap against her dad’s.
And she’ll wear the wrong kind of shoes and get attacked anyway unless she personally unlocks the cages and releases everyone.
From the White House:
First Lady Melania Trump has arrived in Texas to take part in briefings and tours at a nonprofit social services center for children who have entered the United States illegally and a customs and border patrol processing center. Her goals are to thank law enforcement and social services providers for their hard work, lend support and hear more on how the administration can build upon the already existing efforts to reunite children with their families.
Just to be clear, what President Trump signed does not “solve” the problem of separation of illegal immigrant families. It just punts it to the courts.
The White House is being vilified in the press for supposedly lying when it claimed that it could not legally keep the families together. It was not a lie, it is true, and the order seems contingent on whether a judge will change what is legally permissible.
Here are the relevant clauses from the order.
The Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary), shall, to the extent permitted by law and subject to the availability of appropriations, maintain custody of alien families during the pendency of any criminal improper entry or immigration proceedings involving their members.
The Attorney General shall promptly file a request with the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California to modify the Settlement Agreement in Flores v. Sessions, CV 85-4544 (“Flores settlement”), in a manner that would permit the Secretary, under present resource constraints, to detain alien families together throughout the pendency of criminal proceedings for improper entry or any removal or other immigration proceedings.
The case has been filed with Judge Dolly Maizie Gee, a Los Angeles-based, Obama-appointed federal judge. What she will do, I cannot say. That she is most likely not sympathetic to Trump and his “zero-tolerance” policy seems at least highly probable.
It’s all going to make George Orwell wake up and write another book.
Democrats have been objecting for days that President Trump is separating families at the border and that this does irreparable harm to children. So he signed an executive order that attempts to keep them together. Which prompted Democrats to . . . object.
“Is throwing kids in indefinite detention what we want to do as a nation?” said Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.
“Now we’re going to go from babies in cages to babies with their mommies in cages,” said Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif.
I don’t have to tell my smart readers what’s going on here. The Democrats simply want these people RELEASED. They want to go back to catch and release and the Obama administration message that all you have to do is bring your children because they are get-out-of-jail-free cards. Or at least, bring someone’s children.
Since Barack Obama decided several years ago that he would prioritize known criminals and specifically said he would not target families, the number of children being brought into the country naturally soared. That is, Democrats support a policy that encourages adults to bring children into this country illegally – a dangerous journey for the kids – and then they object when these adults are caught with their children breaking the law.
But Democrats and the parents bear no responsibility. It’s Trump’s fault.
Since we can’t cryonically preserve the children and suspend time for them while they await their parents’ cases to be resolved, they either have to be put with the parents or separated. Democrats want to do neither.
Someone check Orwell’s grave to see if he’s still in it.