As Twitchy reported earlier, the goalposts moved pretty quickly with liberals like Chris Hayes and Judd Legum after President Trump signed an executive order to keep families together at the border. Wasn’t that their concern? That children were being separated from their families?
Exactly as expected, The New York Times is reporting that the president’s executive order ending family separation will likely face a legal challenge from immigration activists. Why? Because it goes against the laws passed by Congress and upheld by the courts.
NYT reports that, rather than separating children from parents, the Trump administration will hold children indefinitely with their parents, violating a court settlement and inevitably triggering a legal challenge https://t.co/MLSvk7iXQV
— Nick Riccardi (@NickRiccardi) June 20, 2018
But the media told me there was no law separating families. https://t.co/QJ3c1Ic8WL
— 'Sources Say' is Greek for 'Fake News' (@NolteNC) June 20, 2018
Mr. Trump’s executive order directed the government’s lawyers to ask for a modification of an existing 1997 consent decree, known as the Flores settlement, that currently prohibits the federal government from keeping children in immigration detention — even if they are with their parents — for more than 20 days.
But it is unclear whether the court will agree to that request. If not, the president is likely to face an immediate legal challenge from immigration activists on behalf of families that are detained in makeshift facilities.
So when Sen. Chuck Schumer said it wasn’t a matter for legislation and the president could fix everything with his pen, he was … lying? Libs don’t seem satisfied.
Trump said to be "backing down" this afternoon, but his climbdown is from child-parent separation to indefinite detention of entire immigrant families. And it is not clear how the thousands of migrants (some already deported) who had their children taken will get them back. https://t.co/vLlPJHCU7E
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) June 20, 2018
Are we sure Reid tweeted that, or was it a hacker?
So basically, it will solve this problem in a way it knows may be struck down, rather than just relaxing the zero-tolerance policy https://t.co/92lzR3MFLk
— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) June 20, 2018
No, no, you can't hold people "indefinitely" without a trial under the suspicion they've committed a committing a misdemeanor. And you sure can't hold kids "indefinitely." Don't these people know *anything* about "rule of law"? https://t.co/rwzCs6iLX2
— Claire Berlinski (@ClaireBerlinski) June 20, 2018
This is not a solution! Family detention is absolutely horrible – children remain imprisoned. He does not get credit for "fixing" this situation – this is just as bad. https://t.co/djrR9hGAGR
— Kara Lynum (@karalynum) June 20, 2018
So the solution is what? Blanket amnesty, even for those who cross illegally or are smuggled in? Open borders?
Translation: The Trump administration will replace a policy that critics say amounts to putting children in jail with one that… literally puts children in jail ? https://t.co/MTB9FZydQM
— Ben Ritz (@BudgetBen) June 20, 2018
Trump signs deliberately illegal executive order so he can say "See, I told you this was Congress's problem." https://t.co/2DUKqMQm1c
— S. Fleisch (@Fleisch2) June 20, 2018
And here it is. Indefinite detention of illegal immigrants. I'm sorry but this, in my opinion, was the desired outcome all along. The separation of families which resulted in fierce outrage was a manufactured crisis in order to facilitate THIS outcome &have it be gladly accepted. https://t.co/8ZeGcR1f5B
— ChrisTheBarMan (@ChrisTheBarMan) June 20, 2018
So you’re admitting it was a manufactured crisis?
Alternately, we could embrace that Constitution we say we love and give people within our borders due process rights. https://t.co/VGSDr5CaII
— Jill Filipovic (@JillFilipovic) June 20, 2018
Ahem … U.S. citizens within our borders, not illegal immigrants inside our borders. Being inside our borders illegally makes them illegal immigrants.
This gets worse and worse. Lies, racism, more lies, terrible policy, human rights violations, yet more lies, and now a new policy that actually manages to make things worse w/o addressing the poison at the core of the whole thing: our immigration system is broken/bigoted/awful. https://t.co/VLE2gnVxRh
— Emily ABOLISH/PROSECUTE ICE Mills (@millbot) June 20, 2018
Maybe Congress should get to work, then.
What’s this? The voice of reason?
This is better than the status quo. What I hope Congress does: focus on expediting hearings, funding/mandating better conditions, finding a way to deter that detention isn't indefinite, codifying processes and transparency. https://t.co/lCT7LNtTzn
— Not My Name (@SometimesSoftly) June 20, 2018
Again! Hope this provides immediate relief, which is good. But it should be noted that the GOP bills Dems spurned included measures to try to get families released faster–and this doesn't. https://t.co/lCT7LNtTzn
— Not My Name (@SometimesSoftly) June 20, 2018
'Y'all were LYING'! Chris Hayes, Judd Legum BUSTED for 'sham crocodile tears' over family separation https://t.co/EmhAn2og1R
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) June 20, 2018