WASHINGTON: A Congressional intern screamed a copulatory expletive at President Trump as he walked up the Hill to confer with lawmakers on the immigration crisis. The President’s Homeland Secretary was jeered and heckled by protestors when she was out for dinner at a Washington DC restaurant. A Trump minion caused a social media meltdown by mocking the story of an immigrant child with Down’s syndrome who was forcibly separated from her mother by US authorities. A news anchor broke down on TV as she read out a story on the Trump administration sending babies and other young children separated from their parents at the US-Mexico border to at least three “tender age” shelters in South Texas.
These were just some of the scenes that played out in Washington DC before the Trump administration finally agreed on Wednesday to end the practice of forcibly separating children from immigrants crossing the border illegally into the United States. Under pressure from almost all quarters – including from his wife and daughter — President Trump reversed his position that only legislation supported by Democrats could end the practice, which his administration had instituted. The justice department is said to be drafting an executive order that will end the family separations, confirming the widely held belief that the odious practice could be terminated with a stroke of a presidential pen instead of subjecting it to partisan politics and a tortured legislative process.
The President’s frustration that ending it could simply send a signal to illegal immigrants that they can continue to make a beeline to the US border was transparent. “The dilemma is that if you’re weak, if you’re weak, which some people would like you to be, if you’re really, really pathetically weak, the country’s going to be overrun with millions of people. And if you’re strong, then you don’t have any heart. That’s a tough dilemma. Perhaps I would rather be strong, but that’s a tough dilemma,” he told lawmakers in a White House meeting that culminated in his administration backing down.
But for days before that, the administration absorbed withering criticism for its heavy-handed and cold-hearted response to an immigration crisis following the implementation of its zero-tolerance policy that has resulted in children being forcibly separated from parents who illegally cross the border. The President and his team stonily defended their stand and blamed Democrats for the situation, even as the administration, in an ironic twist, withdrew the US from the UN Human Rights Council for unrelated reasons, denouncing it as a “cesspool of political bias.”