Trump cries ‘Uncle,’ ends zero tolerance policy that resulted in family separations

Trump cries ‘Uncle,’ ends zero tolerance policy that resulted in family separations
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Forty-one minutes ago, CBS News ran a piece titled “Trump: ‘I’ll be signing something in a little while.'” If the meaning of title wasn’t sufficiently obvious, the lede confirms it:

President Trump says he will sign “something” in the near future that will end family separation at the southern border.

“I’ll be signing something in a little while that’s going to do that,” Mr. Trump said during a Wednesday meeting with members of Congress at the White House. “I’ll be doing something that’s somewhat preemptive and ultimately will be matched by legislation I’m sure.”

It was almost inevitable that the president would eventually yield to pressure. The PR campaign the Democrats engineered, which include videos of weeping children, was too powerful to ignore. Recent polls have shown a majority of Americans expressing strong opposition to the policy, which unfortunately the administration never took the time to explain in any detail. If they had, they might have patiently explained the circumstances that motivated Trump’s decision to “go nuclear,” as the New York Times artfully puts it, as well as the options available to border jumpers that would have kept their families intact.

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The ultimate goal was to staunch the flow of illegals, many of whom have falsely applied for asylum just to beat the system, and avoid the prohibitive cost of increasing the numbers of illegals in the country.

In the end, the president will look weaker for having known “when to fold” but will almost certainly be denied credit from the media for having listened to the people.

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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