In a humiliating reversal, President Trump today decided to keep children and their illegal immigrant parents together while their cases are decided.
The administration had previously, and correctly, said that they could not do this and would need legislation to change the law requiring the separation and eventual release of the children. But instead of pressuring Democrats to change the law and blaming them for the problem, Trump decided to simply keep the kids and the parents together.
From the Washington Post:
The plan, as described by administration officials, would keep families together in federal custody while awaiting prosecution for illegal border crossings, potentially violating a 1997 court settlement limiting the duration of child detentions.
“We have to be very strong on the border but at the same time we want to be very compassionate,” Trump said at the White House during a meeting with lawmakers that was opened to the media.
Trump hopes that his move will be “matched by legislation,” but the pressure is off for Democrats to agree to anything. Plus, they can now claim that they were right all along, and Trump should have ended the separation policy sooner or never have allowed it.