Washington D.C. – After the federal government faced mass criticism for separating illegal immigrant parents from their children, President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday that he would issue an executive order to end family separation.
Family separation starts at the border when illegal immigrants commit a crime by illegally crossing the border.
The adults are arrested for the crimes, and their children cannot legally be incarcerated with them. This has led to the children getting placed with family members, or if there’s no place for them to go, they are placed in shelters for the children of illegal immigrants.
President Trump’s executive order is expected to allow children to stay with their incarcerated parents, according to The New York Times.
“We’re looking to keep families together,” President Trump said Wednesday. “We’re going to keep families together, but we still have to maintain toughness or our country will be overrun by people, by crime, by all of the things that we don’t stand for, that we don’t want.”
President Trump’s executive order is expected to be a violation of the 1997 Flores Settlement, which prevents the government from detaining families together.
The only current way to prevent family separation without violating the consent decree is it stop arresting people who commit crimes at the border.
President Trump has called on Congress to change the law, and put an end to family separation.