Trump’s Executive Order to Keep Families Together is a Sham

Trump’s Executive Order to Keep Families Together is a Sham

WASHINGTON, DC—The Fair Immigration Reform Movement issued the following statement regarding Donald Trump’s new executive order on family separation at the border:  

Kica Matos, spokesperson for FIRM, said:

“Trump caused the crisis at the border and his sham of a solution is to keep punishing families seeking a better life behind bars. From the get-go, this Administration has been in a competition with itself to lower the bar on their dehumanization of immigrants. Families seeking safety need opportunity and protection, not indefinite detention. Politicians who refuse to speak out against the atrocities that are happening do not deserve our trust or the privilege to represent us.”

Angelica Salas, Executive Director of CHIRLA, said:

"For days President Trump lied to the American public indicating he did not have the power to not separate families.  Now, President Trump's executive order is a slap in the face to reason, morality, and human decency.  In a crisis that he and the Republican party created, today's directive worsens a horrific situation for immigrant families everywhere.  Americans know all too well what a family detention camp looks like.  We should not allow this President and the Republican party to take us back to dark times when ill-advised actions by a few marred our nation's soul." 

Javier H. Valdés, Co-Executive Director of Make the Road New York, said:

"The reported Executive Order is a cruel farce. It will neither end the crisis at the border nor lead to the humane treatment of immigrants. Families belong together, free from the fear and trauma these bars and cages create. The President's reported proposal would detain entire families, possibly in military sites—calling up some of the worst moments in our nation's history. There is no law that forces the administration to separate children from their parents or to detain families, and there are many alternatives to detention that are available for people seeking asylum. Moreover, the current crisis has exposed a deeper flaw, which this Order would not reach. ICE, CBP, and the entire immigration enforcement apparatus is being used as a tool to advance a white supremacist vision for this country. It is time to defund these out-of-control agencies and transform the system into one based on family unity and the humanity of all people."

Lawrence Benito, Executive Director of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR): 

“This executive order will do nothing to truly address the overwhelmingly condemned family separation crisis that the Administration itself created. The order continues the 'zero tolerance' policy of referring all adults apprehended at the border to criminal prosecution as opposed to only processing them for possible deportation, the policy that is separating the parents from their children. The order also does nothing to end the expensive and unnecessary detention of children and families. Real alternatives to detention, such as the Marie Joseph House of Hospitality run by Chicago’s Interfaith Community for Detained Immigrants, safely house families and individuals seeking asylum as they await decisions on their cases. Nor does this executive order address the violence and desperation that is causing families to flee their home countries and make the perilous journey to the United States to seek asylum.

“As we mark World Refugee Day, ICIRR urges the Administration to honor our nation’s history as a haven for families fleeing harm. We call on the Administration to end its family separation policy, end family detention, reject any further attempts to limit access to asylum or punish those who seek it, and push for real solutions that will enable all immigrants and refugees to find safety together with their families."


FIRM Admin