Families Belong Together

While I’m happy to hear our disgusting president signed an executive order to address family separation the fight is far from over.

(reposted from Carwil Bjork James) The order is not a solution, and it makes some things worse:

Here’s what it actually does…

1. Codifies Jeff Sessions’ “zero tolerance” directive until new immigration legislation is passed.

2. Limits the definition of family to parent-child pairs. Aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc. are excluded.

3. Puts families under Homeland Security custody during criminal, immigration cases. Previously, children and detained families had to be held in facilities contracted by the Department of Health and Human Services.

3c. Authorizes the military to build new prisons for migrant families.

3d. Allows all Federal departments to offer their buildings as prisons.

3e. Authorizes the DOJ to try to wriggle out of the Flores Agreement.

4. Orders parents to be prosecuted first in immigration courts

Text of EO: https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/affording-congress-opportunity-address-family-separation/