The president shows no signs of backing down on the zero tolerance policy that triggered a crisis for his administration, and said it’s time for congress to pass bi-partisan legislation to calm the crisis at the border.
“What the trump administration is doing is using a law that was passed in 1997 to prevent children from being abused through human trafficking” said Sully Bryan local immigration attorney.
According Bryan, that law is called The Flores Settlement Agreement.
Much like trumps “zero tolerance policy” it mandates the government to place children in a less restrictive setting when a parent or guardian is arrested and detained for crossing the border illegally..
“The 1997 law was created to help and protect children but how is being used now is maybe not such a good outcome,” said Bryan.
Fresno congressman Jim Costa just got back from the border and believes there’s a better way to handle the situation.
“We must enforce the law but that doesn’t mean we need to separate children from their mothers,” said Costa.
The house is planning to vote on two bills that address the separation of families this week.