I guess Trump didn't like looking like a complete monster, although he was sure willing to hold those kids hostage in order to get a wall bill through the legisature. STILL a monster.
Last week on Friday? He said that the only way to fix this was going to be through the legislature and that "you can't do it through an executive order" Thats' on the Whitehouse.gov website transcript from June 15, 2018
Q Mr. President, do you agree with children being taken away from (inaudible)?
THE PRESIDENT: No, I hate it. I hate the children being taken away. The Democrats have to change their law. That’s their law. They will force —
Q Sir, that’s your own policy. That’s your own policy. Why do you keep lying about it, sir?
THE PRESIDENT: Quiet. Quiet. That’s the Democrats’ law. We can change it tonight. We can change it right now. I will leave here —
Q You’re the President. You can change it right now.
THE PRESIDENT: I will leave here — no, no. You need their votes. You need their votes. The Democrats, all they have to do —
Q Mr. President, you control both chambers of Congress. The Republicans do.
THE PRESIDENT: Excuse me. By one vote? We don’t need it. You need 60 votes.
THE PRESIDENT: Excuse me. We have the one vote — excuse me. We need a one-vote — we have a one-vote edge. We need 60. So we need 10 votes. We can’t get them from the Democrats.
Q What about executive action?
THE PRESIDENT: Now, wait. Wait. You can’t do it through an executive order.
He was LYING about the Democrats and LYING about it not being his policy.
The Trump administration insisted it didn't have a policy of separating children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. It said that it was merely following the law. And it said “Congress alone can fix” the mess.
It just admitted that all that was nonsense — and that it badly overplayed its hand.
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who on Sunday and Monday insisted that this wasn't an actual policy and that the administration's hands are tied, will now have to untie them as the White House will reverse the supposedly nonexistent policy. Amid an outcry from Senate Republicans and an emerging promise to fix the problem themselves — just as the White House had demanded — the Trump administration has drafted an executive action to change the policy and keep families united.
Today? An executive order.
Trump Falsely Claimed for days he couldn't end family separations. Falsely claimed=LIED when he said ONLY CONGRESS could fix the problem. It's just weird for this egomaniac who says "ONLY I CAN FIX THIS" about other things but his hands were tied when it came to HIS Zero-Tolerance policy that HE STARTED and separated children? LIAR.
Trump, in a Tuesday address
“So what I’m asking Congress to do is to give us a third option, which we have been requesting since last year — the legal authority to detain and promptly remove families together as a unit. We have to be able to do this. This is the only solution to the border crisis. We have to stop child smuggling. This is the way to do it.”
Trump on Twitter on Tuesday
“Homeland Security @SecNielsen did a fabulous job yesterday at the press conference explaining security at the border and for our country, while at the same time recommending changes to obsolete & nasty laws, which force family separation. We want ‘heart’ and security in America!”
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Monday
“Until these loopholes are closed by Congress, it is not possible, as a matter of law, to detain and remove whole family units who arrive illegally in the United States. Congress and the courts created this problem, and Congress alone can fix it. Until then, we will enforce every law we have on the books to defend the sovereignty and security of the United States.”
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday
“There’s only one body here that gets to create legislation and it’s Congress. Our job is to enforce it, and we would like to see Congress fix it. That’s why the President has repeatedly called on them to work with him to do just that.”
Fox News host and Trump ally Sean Hannity, on Monday
"No one likes the idea of separating any child from any parent, but this issue has been in the hands of Congress. And right now, the whole issue can be fixed. Every law can be changed, and if they did their job, it would happen."
President Trump to reverse course on immigrant family separations.
It wasn’t immediately clear what Mr. Trump would sign, but the action would run counter to arguments that he and other White House officials had said for days – that only the Congress could make the needed changes on immigration dealing with family separation.
Thousands of children have been separated from their parents since April, when the administration implemented a “zero tolerance” policy for people entering the U.S. illegally. (That policy continues under Trump’s order.) The separations became highly visible this week after lawmakers and reporters revealed that adults and children were kept in cages in facilities in southern Texas. Elsewhere, children as young as a few months old were reportedly being held.
“I didn’t like the sight or the feeling of families being separated,” Trump said after signing the order.
Yeah sure. After he KNEW about this and still tried to blackmail congress using the kids. It's all in the public record. He's just trying to make himself look good and not APOLOGIZE for his monstrous actions.
Have to wonder, though, what about the children that have already been sent away? What will bring them back together with their families? Or are some of them just going to be orphaned forever?
I saw someone say today, about giving birth in the hospital, that hte hospital will give both the mother and infant plastic ID bracelets to make sure they matched. WHY DIDN"T TRUMP's ADMINISTRATION DO THAT?????? This is really still horrendous.
Families will not longer be separated at the border, but where are my client's kids?
This is how it goes. I ask about the child; the government objects; the judge forces the agent to answer. The answer is always the same.
“Do you know the location of the child?” No or unknown.
“Did you provide my client with information as to the location of his child?” No or unknown.
“Did you provide my client with any information as to how he could go about finding his child?” No or unknown.
In a rare instance, one agent said a child was in a particular city — one far from El Paso. But of course, no details were known regarding the child’s specific location.
At another hearing before a different judge, as one of my colleagues asked the agent on the stand about the whereabouts of my client’s child, the prosecutor objected to the relevance of the questions. The judge turned on the prosecutor, demanding to know why this wasn’t relevant. At one point, he slammed his hand on the desk, sending a pen flying. This type of emotional display is unheard of in federal court. I can’t understand this, the judge said. If someone at the jail takes your wallet, they give you a receipt. They take your kids, and you get nothing? Not even a slip of paper?