It only took hours after President Trump announced his executive order to keep families together at the border for CNN to reverse course.
Now it appears that CNN realizes that by signing an executive order, Trump circumvents the very law CNN swore up and down didn't exist for the past week. It prompted the news network to spin a 180 and publish a piece entitled, “Why an executive order could create a legal problem.”
CNN pointed out that the president allowing families to stay together — what Trump’s critics have been screaming for all week — would violate the Flores Settlement. According to Vox, that 1997 decision requires the government to place alien children in the “least restrictive conditions” possible within 20 days. But in order to keep families together, you have to put children in the same restrictive conditions as their parents.
Congressional Republicans are pushing to override the Flores Settlement in order to keep families together while in ICE custody rather than having children be released from that level of custody and separated from their families as they’re sent to a school-like center and eventually resettled with relatives.
In other words, even though Trump just did what people have been demanding he do, his critics are already going after him for it. It appears there’s only one thing that would satisfy them: open borders.
Aside from the massive security risk to our nation that would cause, it would very likely spark a huge increase in people making what has proven to be a very dangerous journey from Central America to the U.S.
With loopholes in the laws already allowing unaccompanied minors to stay in the U.S. after illegally crossing the border, thousands and thousands have made the journey. Border Patrol spokesman Chris Cabrera did an interview with CNN’s Brooke Baldwin and laid out the stark, brutal realities that unaccompanied minors face.
“When you see a 12-year-old girl with a Plan B pill, her parents put her on birth control because they know getting violated is part of the journey, that’s a terrible way to live,” Cabrera explained.
"When you see a 4-year-old girl traveling alone with just her parent's phone number written across her shirt,” he continued. “We had a 9-year-old boy have a heat stroke in front of us and die with no family around. That’s because we’re allowing people to take advantage of this system.”
An open borders policy “would be disastrous,” said Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen during a White House press briefing this week, according to the New York Times. “Its prime beneficiary would be the smuggling organizations themselves, and the prime victims would be the children, who would be plunged into the smuggling machines on the trip north.”
In Minnesota on Thursday, President Trump also criticised the push for open borders, saying, “Democrats don't care about the impact of uncontrolled migration on your communities,” according to RealClearPolitics.