Today we learn more about the Executive Order that Comrade Prznint Stupid signed, it seems not to be what anyone thinks it is, just sort of like the manufactured crisis than invoked it. Oh, and it has/had a glaring typo in the title of it:
“Affording Congress an Opportunity to Address Family Seperation [sic]”
So we know it was crafted with all of the usual care and diligence that is the trademark of the Fourth Reich. If you read the article, you’ll see that no two people in the Administration seem to be on the same page, so blog only knows what happens next.
Anyway, from what I can gather, there is nothing there about returning the kidnapped children to their families. Maybe instead of separating kiddies, the whole family goes to jail? And there is still in place that legal rule that says kids cannot be held for more than 20 days, so… what happens if the family is held for longer?
Anyway, smarter, legal types are no doubt pouring over this and will have more to say today. I’m skeptical that this will do much of anything.
The LATimes newsletter thingie sums it up thusly:
“President Trump rarely backs down in the face of public pressure, but the widespread outcry over painful scenes of children being separated from their migrant parents forced a retreat. He signed an executive order that aims to keep families together, albeit in detention. But that is likely to open a legal battle over the 21-year-old court settlement, known as the Flores agreement, under which the government agreed to hold immigrant minors no longer than 20 days – not nearly long enough for most immigration cases. Nor is it clear how long the order will remain in effect. Officials also have no plans to begin reuniting the more than 2,300 children (nearly 100 of whom are now in the L.A. area) who’ve been forcibly separated from their parents under the six-week policy. Meanwhile, experts say such separations typically leave long-term physical and mental damage.”