President Trump on Wednesday did something he said he didn’t have the power to do. He signed an executive order ending the separation of families at the border.
That’s after intense backlash. “History will not be kind to us as a nation and as a people if we continue to go down this road.,” said Georgia Congressman John Lewis, “We must stop the madness and stop it now.”
Meanwhile, Georgia Senator David Perdue along with a number of other lawmakers introduced legislation Wednesday afternoon that Perdue says can keep families together during the immigration process. Perdue told us Tuesday “we’re trying to enforce the law now and keep these families together and I think there’s no reason why we can’t do that. I think there is democratic and Republican pressure right now to do that.”
Perdue did tell us that the Trump Administration was only “trying to follow the law that says children should not be held with their parents in detention centers.”
Critics charge that the Administration created the current crisis at the border by not only arresting those making illegal entry which is normally a misdemeanor but “detaining” all of them, thus invoking the separation law.
“None of us are in favor of separating families, this is as much an offense to all of us as it is to any one group or person,” said Representative Buddy Carter, Republican from the 1st district. “We’re addressing that in Congress right now.”
Carter also said this is something that’s “been going on for a long period of time and it’s just been highlighted recently.”
With the president’s executive order and the promise of introduced legislation, the question from some critics is how will families be reunited now? It’s been reported that as many as 2,000 children have been separated from their parents and that some of those parents have already been deported.
Perdue says the legislation introduced will keep families together while adults are prosecuted for illegal entry into the U.S. It would also increase the bed space in family residential facilities and authorize the hiring of an additional 225 immigration judges to quickly process cases