Trump Indicates That Family Separations Are Deterrent For Illegal Immigration

Blanche Robertson
July 11, 2018

That's the solution. Don't come to our country illegally. That's the solution: Don't come to our country illegally. "Come like other people do, come legally".

When asked if he means that he is punishing the children, Trump doubled down.

"I'm saying this: We have laws. We want to support ICE, not what the Democrats are doing", Trump said. "All right? And, remember this, without borders, you do not have a country".

On Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Dolly Gee in Los Angeles dismissed the U.S. Justice Department's request to allow long-term detention for children who entered the United States illegally.

As of late Tuesday afternoon, four children of 102 identified for the deadline had already been reunified with their parents, and another 34 were expected to be reunited by the end of the day, according to the administration.

Trump's comments about fallout from his administration's "zero tolerance" policy on immigration came as he prepared to leave the White House on a week-long trip to Europe.

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"That's the solution", Trump said.

On Monday night, though, the administration lost in an attempt to overturn a 1997 court precedent that says minors can not be held for more than 20 days.

The injunction to reunite families came as a result of an American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) lawsuit.

A court has also ordered the administration to reunite the remaining detained children with their families by July 26. That's the most important thing.

In some cases, the lawyer said, parents have been deported or are in jail facing criminal charges, requiring more time for reunification.

The DoJ argued there were a number of reasons for the delay.

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