We’re not exactly sure what turned the tide, but we’re relieved President Donald Trump has reversed course and signed an executive order that will keep immigrant children and their parents from being separated when they’re apprehended after crossing into the United States.
We’ve said, as have members of his own party, that it was inhumane for Trump to use children to strong-arm Congress into giving him a wall and new restrictions on legal immigration. There are better ways to secure the border.
In Texas, many elected Republicans have been reluctant to openly differ with their party’s leader on this issue and risk being targeted by Trump’s tweets.
Credit Laura Bush and other former first ladies with speaking out and generating pressure for the reversal. Religious leaders including Pope Francis condemned the separations as immoral. Images of U.S. Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke leading hundreds of protesters to a tent city for children covered the airwaves, and reminded candidates they would have to answer to angry voters in November. Republican Sen. Ted Cruz was among those who then filed bills to end the separation.
This week Congress is considering various immigration reforms including measures that would address the so-called Dreamers — immigrants brought here unlawfully as children. Let’s hope lawmakers can now pass a reform bill that will give them legal status.