Published On: Sat, Jun 23rd, 2018

Trump Administration to Suspend Prosecution of Immigrant Parents

On June, 21st Donald Trump, the President of United States signed an executive order stating that suspension of immigrant parents who unlawfully cross the U.S. border with their children and reunite families who were separated due to the strict zero tolerance immigration policy.


The executive order clearly states that migrant parents who cross the border with children are not to be referred to federal courthouses for prosecution, at least temporarily.

According to the executive act, it is administration policy to enforce immigration laws as well as maintain family unity, meaning that the children should stay with their parents while they face legal charges and prosecution.

The order also says that The Department of Homeland Security should house immigrant families in proper facilities while the immigration proceedings are pending.

While some people are applauding the President for this act, others are confused as to what exactly does it means.

The Justice Department is adamant about the zero tolerance policy regarding immigration laws and interpreted it as detaining immigrant families facing prosecution together.

On the other hand, Custom and Border Protection officials interpreted the act as releasing adults apprehended with kids.

Although, it has been indicated that the main goal of the executive act was to reduce the public controversy surrounding family separation.

Prior to the executive order, Trump Administration faced global outcry and public controversy regarding the separation of 2,300 families.

More than 20,000 children were separated from their parents as a result of strict immigration laws and housed in less than proper facilities.

In hopes of clearing the confusion regarding the executive act, the officials released a statement, clarifying that they are only temporarily suspending prosecutions of parents until the Immigration and Custom Enforcement [ICE] can increase resource capability to allow them to maintain custody.

Following the statement, the Justice Department representative also said that the prosecutions would continue, only that the families will be detained together.

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