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President Trump Signs Executive Order Ending Family Separation

Thursday, June 21, 2018

 

Trump signs executive order

President Donald Trump signed an executive order ending the policy of separating children from families after they are detained for crossing the border illegally.

The order keeps families together while they are in custody, expediting their cases, and asks the Department of Defense to help house families.

“This has been going on for 60 years. 60 years nobody’s taken care of it, nobody’s had the political courage to take care of it, but we’re going to take care of it,” said Trump upon signing the order.

The executive order comes after it had been reported that about 2,000 children were being separated from their parents over a 45 day period.

Holy Cross President Releases Statement 

Just prior to Trump signing the executive order, Holy Cross President Reverand Philip Boroughs issued the following statement. 

Read the Statement Below

With thousands of families displaced from their homes each day, many fleeing devastating violence, it is inconceivable that the U.S. government is compounding their misery with an ill-conceived “zero tolerance” immigration policy responsible for separating children from their parents. This policy must end.

I am personally appalled at the use of children for the sake of achieving political goals. Even as we enforce laws, we must do so in a humane way, one which recognizes the human dignity inherent in every person, particularly those who are most vulnerable. We must meet those looking for asylum with love and empathy, not ill-intended policies that add to their suffering in the name of order.

As Pope Francis said today, “A person’s dignity does not depend on them being a citizen, a migrant, or a refugee. Saving the life of someone fleeing war and poverty is an act of humanity.”

As a community, College of the Holy Cross lends our voice to those of Pope Francis, our fellow Jesuits, faith and political leaders of all denominations and points of view, and loving people everywhere, who have spoken out against the shameful practice of separating children from their families. We call upon the United States government to implement policies that treat migrants with the compassion and dignity that they, and all people, deserve.

— Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., President

 

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