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The New York Times reports Trump Plans Executive Order to Allow Detaining Families Together Indefinitely.

President Trump is preparing to issue an executive order as soon as Wednesday that ends the separation of families at the border by indefinitely detaining parents and children together, according to a person familiar with the White House plans.

Mr. Trump’s executive order would seek to get around an existing 1997 consent decree, known as the Flores settlement, that prohibits the federal government from keeping children in immigration detention — even if they are with their parents — for more than 20 days.

Mr. Trump has for weeks refused to simply end his government’s “zero tolerance” policy that led to the separation of more than 2,300 children from their parents, saying that the alternative would be to fling open the nation’s borders and allow immigrants who cross the border illegally to remain in the country.

“We’re going to be signing an executive order in a little while,” Mr. Trump said Wednesday. “We’ve got to be keeping families together."

The order would keep families together, though it is unclear how Mr. Trump intends to claim the legal authority to violate what have been legal constraints on the proper treatment of children in government custody, which prevented former President Barack Obama from detaining families together during a similar flood of illegal immigration two years ago.

Public Relations Disaster

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Obama did not enforce the law. Trump plans to issue an executive order instead.

This has been a public relations disaster for Trump and Republicans. Yesterday, I commented Dear Mr. President: Your Actions are So Despicable 15 Republican Senators Object.

When 15 Republican Senators asked Trump to stop, he had to.

Now Congress can take up the issue. But the fundamental problem remains: Open borders and free handouts are incompatible.

For discussion of that fundamental issue, please see Trump's Immoral Immigration Tactics: What's the Libertarian View?

Mike "Mish" Shedlock