aside President Plans To Sign Executive Order to End Family Separations at US SW Border/ Pope Weighs In

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TV news hosts are stating that the republican President Donald Trump plans an evening  announcement where he plans to sign a new executive order ending the separation of families at the SW US border, as parents seek asylum. He says he is making this new policy as the US congress representatives work on a legislative measures.

The president stepped out of a conference with US congressional republican members to confirm his intent to sign off on this new executive order. His fellow republicans also took time to present their point of view as to the range of immigration problems and to praise and provide cover for the president’s reversal regarding the separation of families.

See: Trump Signs Executive Order to Keep Families Together – NYT ..

See: Document: Executive Order on Family Separations – Lawfare

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The world wide outrage against the republican President Donald Trump’s April 6, 2018 new immigration policy as referenced in the Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ memo of ordering the prosecution of all parents seeking asylum at the SW US border, is off the charts. Even Pope Francis has weighed in on this topic.

As the parents were in the process of being detained, the children were being forcibly separated from them for an indeterminate amount of time.

The president’s administration has stated that these families were breaking the law by not asking for asylum at US designated points of entry. The problem with this detail is that there are records proving that families have been separated even at the points of entry and that the personnel at these locations have been interviewing only a few families per day while thousands wait for weeks to gain entry.

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Here’s the rest of the story…

On June 20, 2018, Chris Harlan and William Branigin of the Washington Post penned the following report,  Pope Francis criticizes Trump’s family-separation policy on migrants, says ‘populism is not the solution’


“Pope Francis stepped into a growing controversy over President Trump’s immigration policies, criticizing the separation of migrant families at the U.S.-Mexican border and saying that “populism” and “creating psychosis” are not the way to resolve migration problems, according to an interview published Wednesday (6/20/18).”

“Speaking to Reuters news agency, the pope said, “It’s not easy, but populism is not the solution.”

“He strongly backed U.S. Catholic bishops, who have described as “immoral” the Trump administration’s policy of discouraging illegal immigration by separating children from their parents at the border.”

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“U.S. authorities have sought to implement Trump’s “zero-tolerance” policy on illegal immigration by criminally prosecuting all migrants caught crossing the border without authorization. That has meant jailing adults and sending their children to government shelters. So far, about 2,000 children have been separated from their parents, prompting an outcry at home and abroad.”

“In the interview Sunday night, the pope also took aim at Italy’s new populist government, which has been cracking down on asylum seekers attempting dangerous crossings by boat from Africa.”

View of a temporary detention center for illegal underage immigrants in Tornillo, Tex. (Herika Martinez/AFP/Getty Images)

“I believe that you cannot reject people who arrive,” Francis said, according to Reuters. “You have to receive them, help them, look after them, accompany them and then see where to put them, but throughout all of Europe.”

“He added: “Some governments are working on it, and people have to be settled in the best possible way, but creating psychosis is not the cure. Populism does not resolve things. What resolves things is acceptance, study, prudence.”

“Last week, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops denounced the Trump administration’s “immoral” separation of families and called the crackdown on migrants a “right-to-life” issue. One bishop attending the biannual meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., reportedly suggested “canonical penalties” for Catholics involved in implementing the Trump policies.”

“In a statement, the conference condemned the “continued use of family separation at the U.S./Mexico border as an implementation of the Administration’s zero tolerance policy.” It added: “Our government has the discretion in our laws to ensure that young children are not separated from their parents and exposed to irreparable harm and trauma. Families are the foundational element of our society and they must be able to stay together.”

Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.) (Aaron P. Bernstein/Bloomberg)

Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.) (Aaron P. Bernstein /Bloomberg)

“In his interview with Reuters, the pope said, “I am on the side of the bishops’ conference.”

“He also warned that aging societies in Europe face “a great demographic winter” without more immigrants. He predicted that Europe “will become empty” if immigration is cut off.”

“British Prime Minister Theresa May, answering questions Wednesday before Parliament, told lawmakers: “The pictures of children being held in what appear to be cages are deeply disturbing. This is wrong. This is not something we agree with.”

“A Labour Party lawmaker, Gavin Shuker, noted that Trump is scheduled to visit Britain next month and asked what it would take for May to rescind the invitation. “President Trump has locked up 2,000 little children in cages and is refusing to release them unless he’s allowed to build a wall. He’s quit the U.N. Human Rights Council, praised [North Korean leader] Kim Jong Un’s treatment of his own people, turned away Muslims. What does this man have to do to have the invitation . . . revoked?”

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“May replied that the visit would go ahead but that “when we disagree with the US, we tell them so.”

“Her comments added the voice of America’s closest ally to criticism expressed Tuesday by the governments of Mexico, El Salvador and France, as well as the secretary general of the United Nations.”

“Even Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, weighed in Wednesday, denouncing the “complete maliciousness” of separating migrant children from parents. “Seeing the images of the crime of separating thousands of children from their mothers in America makes a person exasperated,” Khamenei, the top Shiite religious and political authority in Iran, said on his website.”

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“Pope Francis has placed the issues facing migrants and refugees at the center of his papacy, urging countries to be welcoming even as that message faces the head winds of nationalism and border closures in the United States and across Europe. Last year, Francis said it was important that migrants and refugees be offered a “dignified initial accommodation” and that migrants’ rights be respected “independent of their legal status.”

“The pope took his first official trip outside Rome to a small Italian island, with the goal of bringing attention to the deadly journey taken by migrants across the Mediterranean. He has also advocated for the acceptance of migrants while visiting countries such as Poland that have closed their doors. His frequent denunciation of anti-immigration politics has put him at odds with some of Europe’s hard-liners, including Italy’s powerful interior minister, Matteo Salvini, who has made a point of approvingly referencing not Francis but his predecessor, Benedict XVI.”

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“(Michael Czerny, the Vatican’s undersecretary for migrants and refugees) said that in the case of the separation of children and families, the pope’s stance came from “basic humanity and sheer common sense.” Czerny added: “I don’t think you have to dig deep into religious tradition — though I can’t imagine any religious tradition that would condone this. It’s not a question of dogma. It a question of humanity.”

See: A 10-year-old with Down syndrome was taken from her immigrant mom under Trump’s policy, Mexico says

See: Catholic bishops call Trump’s asylum rules ‘immoral’

See: Trump didn’t invent family separation, but his administration was willing to try it

See: The facts about Trump’s policy of separating families 


  1. when such a zealot as the Ayatollah says this policy sucks, then we all know just how depraved it really is. I am beyond words at this point.

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    • Dear Suze,

      There are no words to describe this depravity and evil. The devil will be in the details. This president and his minions lie without a second thought, so this is a wait and see.

      Hugs, Gronda

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  2. To have so many condemning his actions must have been a real blow to his tender ego. Unfortunately, I have no doubt he’ll come up with another asinine action to take its place.

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    • Dear Nan,

      The pressure had to be so intense that he had to back down. But he lies all the time and so I am not taking anything he says or does at face value.

      His racist side is showing.

      Hugs, Gronda

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  3. well, after reading what trump presented to the world as his “fix”…I am still disgusted. It does nothing to reunify family, attempts to violate a federal law in the hopes the courts will “fix” it, continues the ability of the govt to separate for ‘the good of the child” and makes the time parents can be held in concentration camps indefinitely instead of a time limit of 72 hours. Yikes.

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    • Dear Suze,

      I have no doubt of the president’s evil intent. The press can’t let go of this story as the president will push to get away with whatever he can.

      Hugs, Gronda


  4. Gronda, this decision was so awful and inhumane, even a man who cannot admit a mistake was pressured to change. Even his daughter and wife told him he screwed up. The change is light on how to fix the current mess and was yet another Trump rush job that caught people off guard. And, while he made the change (after doubling down the day before), I don’t think I heard a mea culpa.

    As he is at yet another “base rally” tonight, by the end of the rally, he will have blamed others – the weak Dems, press, protesters, etc. If I were Nielson or Sessions, I would be concerned as he will find a scapegoat.


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    • Dear Keith,

      Here’s the skinny. Under President Obama and President Bush, they did not prosecute those seeking asylum at the US Southern border but those government personnel set up a court date where refugees could present their case as to why they were seeking asylum. As per DOJ’s own numbers 75% returned for their court dates and they were not separated from parents.

      The president was creating a crisis that did not really exist to look tough for his base.

      The times (prior President Trump) were there were separations or detention had to do if there was a suspicion that a child was not with a parent, suffering abuse etc. or there were truly unaccompanied minors.

      This policy by President Trump was truly a cruel action backed by about 27 % of the US population. Conservative Catholics were advised by their Bishops that they were risking being kicked out of the Catholic Church if they supported this practice by President Trump.

      This is a good portion of the republican base. OOPS!


      • Gronda, thanks for the further elaboration. As Nobel laureate Paul Krugman said, Trump tries to solve problems that don’t exist or are blown out of proportion. He created the mess and is trying to blame others as he tries to remedy it. Keith

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  5. Gronda, can you believe the crazy spin that the radical right credited Trump with:

    President Donald Trump has taken the latest border crisis into his own hands after lawmakers refused to pass legislation that resolves the much publicized issue.

    Trump said he would be signing an executive order later Wednesday that would end the process of separating children from families after they are detained crossing the U.S. border illegally.

    “We want to keep families together. It’s very important,” Trump told reporters during a White House meeting with members of Congress. “I’ll be signing something in a little while that’s going to do that.”

    Trump had tweeted earlier Wednesday, “It’s the Democrats fault, they won’t give us the votes needed to pass good immigration legislation. They want open borders, which breeds horrible crime. Republicans want security. But I am working on something – it never ends!”


    • Dear 1EarthUnited,

      Here’s the real skinny. The Horn News is a bit misleading because the president knows that the chances of the US Congress passing a comprehensive immigration bill in an election year were about -0-. But he could have signed an executive order at any time he chose.

      This is what you are not reading in the mainstream media. According to the National Catholic Reporter, “Catholic voters gave 52 percent of their vote to Donald Trump and only 45 percent of their vote to Hillary Clinton, according to the media exit polls (2016). This is four percentage points higher than the 48 percent of the Catholic vote received by Mitt Romney, according to the Pew Research Center.”

      The Catholic vote is crucial for the Republican Party. Very recently, Pope Francis and the entire conference of US Bishops issued an edict strongly condemning the president’s order which caused the wholesale separation of children from parents who were seeking asylum at the sw US border.

      Catholic parishioners were risking being kicked out of the Catholic Church if they supported President Trump in this action. This would cost republican candidates lots of votes this coming November 2018.

      You bet that President Trump reversed course, asap.

      Hugs, Gronda

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  6. It amazes me and causes distress as a practicing Catholic to witness some of President Trump’s defenders of his disgraceful immigration policy saying with seeming conviction and pride, “I’m a Catholic.” What they’re doing is giving Catholics a bad name. The Pope and U.S. Catholic Bishops have said they condemn the policy of separating parents and children. I’d say, “Shame on those Trump supporters.” But it seems they have no shame. 😦 — Suzanne

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    • Dear Suzanne,

      I say thank God for the Catholic Church. The Pope and the Bishops are letting those conservative parishioners know that this is a line they cannot cross. If these conservatives ignore this direction they are in danger of being ex-communicated.

      This is a Church that should be admired for taking a public stance.

      Those Catholics who support President Trump’s actions regarding immigration are risking their souls. The Pope and the Bishops have made it very clear that those conservatives who support the president in this endeavor are going against its teachings and they are definitely NOT representative of the Catholic Church.

      Hugs, Gronda


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