The head of Homeland Security reportedly said the Trump administration could continue tearing families apart, despite Trump's claim that he was ending the inhumane practice.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen reportedly told lawmakers Thursday that the Trump administration may resume its cruel practice of family separation.
According to Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), Nielsen has privately informed members of Congress that families could continue to be forcibly separated at the border, despite Trump's executive order claiming to end the inhumane practice.
"Secretary Nielsen privately told lawmakers the Administration may go back to separating children from their parents," Schiff wrote in a tweet Thursday evening.
He's urging members of Congress to act to ensure that no funding would be available to help the administration if it decides to keep tearing apart families.
Secretary Nielsen privately told lawmakers the Administration may go back to separating children from their parents. Congress must ensure that NEVER happens. I'm urging the House Appropriations Committee to prevent funds from ever being used to separate families entering the US: pic.twitter.com/JzZu58AUOf
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) June 21, 2018
The revelation comes just a day after Trump signed an executive order and tried to take credit for stopping the inhumane family separation practice that he implemented in the first place.
However, like the rest of his presidency, the executive order is a lie.
Trump didn't even need to sign an order to stop families from being separated — he could have ended it with a phone call. But ending family separations was never his goal.
The executive order doesn't keep children from being torn from their parents at the border, nor does it do anything to try to reunite the thousands of children who have already been separated from their families.
Rather, it seeks permission for the Trump administration to detain children and families in cages for an indefinite amount of time, with no regard for the welfare of the children.
Trump only made the symbolic gesture after weeks of intense public outcry — and now, it appears that he never even intended to stop the abusive treatment that provoked the outcry in the first place.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.