Letter to the editor: President trying to fix situation

Posted 7/10/18

President trying to fix situation Regarding the article “Colorado politicians react to family separation”: The subhead, “White House rolled out, then halted, policy of separating children” is …

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Letter to the editor: President trying to fix situation

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President trying to fix situation

Regarding the article “Colorado politicians react to family separation”:

The subhead, “White House rolled out, then halted, policy of separating children” is a misrepresentation implying President Trump and his administration are responsible for the separation of illegal immigrant children from their families (assuming the children even belong to families at the border).

The Flores Consent Decree from 1997 differs. It says that unaccompanied children can be held only 20 days. A ruling by the Ninth Circuit extended this 20-day limit to children who come as part of family units. So even if we want to hold a family unit together, we are forbidden from doing so. Separation has been going on since 1997. President Trump’s executive order is an attempt at fixing it.

We have had an essentially open border as previous presidents practiced catch and release. President Trump is simply trying to enforce immigration laws.

As for politician’s reactions the article quotes four liberals and one straddling representative (Coffman). Cory Gardner’s quote earlier ignores the 1997 Decree as he also panders. The headline should read “Colorado politicians pander to family separation.”

George Sullivan

Centennial

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