18.06.21 Trump Action on Border

June 21, 2018

Executive Order
“Keep Families Together”

The President takes action on immigration as lawmakers struggle to find compromise. But even as Pres. Trump signed the order, he predicted a legal battle ahead – a similarA battle confronted by the Obama Admin.


What We Know:

  • Trump’s exec order will notA change ‘zero tolerance’ policy – govt will charge all who cross the border illegally.
  • However, itA ends separations byA keeping families together in detention centers, run with the help of Dept of Defense.
  • It does leave roomA to separate children from family, but only if it’s in the child’s best interests.

Legal Trouble Ahead?

  • A A 1997 court order & related decisions said immigrantsA under 18A cannot be detained for longer than 20 days.
  • Trump’s executive order isA written ordering AG Sessions to go before a federal judge to “modify” this agreement to allow more time for “criminal proceedings.”
  • TBD what L.A.-based Federal Judge Dolly Gee will rule.

Past As Precedent?

“A federal judge, Dolly M. Gee, scuttled the Obama team’s efforts to jail families together in 2015 when she ruled that doing so violated the agreement and said migrant children couldn’t be held more than 20 days.”

WSJ. Trump admin will face same legal issue as Obama admin, and same judge. Children held now an ave of 40-50 days before placed w/sponsor family..

The President’s Executive Order doesn’t change the status of children already separated. That’s TBD.

by Jenna Lee,