Democrats expressed concerns Wednesday about President Trump’s executive order, which will allow parents who have crossed the U.S. border illegally to remain with their children. The move, some Democrats argued, simply detains illegal immigrants “indefinitely.”
The order Trump signed allows children to stay in detention with their parents for an extended period of time. It does not, however, end the “zero-tolerance” policy that criminally prosecutes adults entering the country without proper documentation.
Trump’s order came after he and other officials repeatedly said only Congress had the power to stop children and their parents from being separated.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., tweeted Wednesday night that the executive order “merely replaces one inhumane act with another.”
“In response to the overwhelming public outrage at his policy of tearing children away from their parents at the border, this administration thinks the appropriate response is to indefinitely detain families,” Sanders said.