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Trump Has No Solutions for Reuniting Families; Just Tells Them Not to Come to US Illegally
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11 Jul 2018 05:50 PM EST

By Laura Tucker, Staff writer; Image: Donald Trump (Image source: Public domain)

 

 

Donald Trump seems to quickly forget many things. In this case he has forgotten that he created this whole mess. When his administration didn't meet a judge's deadline for reuniting separated children under 5 with their parents, he suggested the solution was just not to come to the U.S. illegally. 

Those are pretty bold words for a man in his situation. His attorney general announced a new zero tolerance policy in April that would separate all families crossing the border. It ended up not going well. Detention facilities became overcrowded quickly with an estimate of 3,000 children, and there was a huge public outcry when stories of bad treatment hit the media.

 

Trump ended his policy after a few months, but the damage was already done, and he had no answers then on what to do with all those families that were already separated. A judge ordered the administration to reunite all the families, giving them a deadline of July 10 for the families with children 5 and under. 

But the deadline was not met. By early Monday only two children out of 100 had been reunited, with the expectation that half could be matched with their families by the deadline There are all sorts of problems with the rest of the families: some of them have already been deported and some have been released in the U.S. Records on how to reconnect the families have been lost, destroyed, and not kept.

 

"Well, I have a solution," Trump said on the White House south lawn on Tuesday morning before heading to Europe. "Tell people not to come to our country illegally. That's the solution. Don't come to our country illegally. Come like other people do. Come legally." 

"I'm saying this very simply," he continued. "We have laws. We have borders. Don't come to our country illegally. It's not a good thing."

 

It's caused lawmakers and citizens on both sides of the aisle to rally against the system, the administration and each other. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), Chair of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, said on Monday that the lack of progress in reuniting the families so far "boggles my mind." 

All of this has brought calls from many Democrats to abolish U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), as well as calls to rebuild  the program from scratch and possibly even redistribute it's workload. But this is just another area where the president has much to say.

 

"The people that are fighting ICE, it's a disgrace. These people go into harm's way There is nobody under greater danger than the people from ICE," said Trump. 

"We ought to support ICE, not do what the Democrats are doing. Democrats want open borders, and they don't mind crime. We want no crime, and we want borders where borders mean something, alright?"

 

Perhaps the president's foul mood is due to being in a really difficult position. Immigration has turned into a real crisis, Robert Mueller's investigation is a nagging thorn in his side, his Korean summit has all but been negated, and his pick for the Supreme Court is struggling for support with both the GOP and Democrats for differing reasons.  

He needs something to go his way, and it doesn't look like his trip to Europe is going to do it for him.

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