President Trump has signed an executive order to end the child migration crisis he created, only five days after telling Fox News that he was powerless to use an executive order to fix it.
Details by Axios' Stef Kight:
- The order instructs the Justice Department to appeal a 2015 court ruling in order to allow family migrants to be detained together until deported or granted asylum.
- The bottom line: This could keep children with their parents, and it does nothing about Attorney General Jeff Sessions' "zero-tolerance" policy. Parents will still be criminally prosecuted for crossing the border illegally, but they may now be permitted to remain with their children in detention until their hearing.
Be smart... Axios' Jonathan Swan reads the room:
- "As with so many Trump decisions, this one has been a moment-by-moment proposition, driven by, and reactive to, the media."
- "Sources who've been in the room with Trump tell me he realizes the overwhelming weight of the imagery of the children means he can't just ride this out as he might have originally thought he could. Anybody saying Trump thinks the family separation issue is a political winner hasn't been talking to him."
- "He's being whipsawed between his instincts to want to be 'tough' on the border — and not be seen to be retreating from that — and the pressure coming from all corners: Republicans and Democrats in Congress, his wife Melania, his daughter Ivanka, and the TVs that are constantly playing in his White House residence and in the dining room adjoining the Oval Office."
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