President Donald J. Trump will host a meeting of his Cabinet, focusing on much-needed government reorganization and Civil Service reform across Federal agencies.
Enforcing the law while keeping families together
President Trump signed an executive order yesterday to keep families together while they face any criminal improper entry or immigration proceedings involving their members. “We’re going to have strong — very strong borders, but we’re going to keep the families together,” the President said from the Oval Office. “I didn’t like the sight or the feeling of families being separated. It’s a problem that’s gone on for many years.”
This executive order allows the Administration to continue to protect the border with its zero-tolerance policy while avoiding the separation of illegal alien families, to the extent the President can legally do so. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will seek an immediate modification of the Flores settlement agreement, which prevents Immigration and Customs Enforcement from detaining families together for more than 20 days.
“We believe it’s a false choice between whether we are a country of law and order, a country with borders, and a country that demonstrates the compassion and the heart of the American people,” Vice President Mike Pence said at the signing.
“We ask Congress to do their part,” Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said. Congressional Democrats have so far refused, preferring not to undermine their larger agenda of open borders. Yesterday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) refused to do his job, saying “legislation is not the way to go here.”
Manufacturers: ‘This record optimism is no accident’
The President joined mining and steel workers in Duluth, Minnesota, yesterday to discuss how the Trump Administration is taking up their cause and getting people back to work. Earlier in the day, news broke that U.S. manufacturer confidence had surged to a 20-year record high: A stunning 95.1 percent of manufacturers surveyed said they have a positive outlook for their companies.
“This record optimism is no accident,” said Jay Timmons, President of the National Association of Manufacturers. “It is fueled by the game-changing tax-reform passed six months ago.”
Iron mining is important work in Minnesota—a $3 billion industry. Raw iron is mined from northern Minnesota’s Iron Range, where it is then transported via the Duluth seaport to steel refineries throughout the United States and world. Through “America First” economic and trade policies, the Administration is giving these industries new life.
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President Donald J. Trump, joined by Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, signs an executive order affording Congress an opportunity to address family separation | June 20, 2018
First Lady Melania Trump Makes Surprise Visit to Texas Shelter, Praises Social Workers in ‘Difficult Times’
First Lady Melania Trump “traveled to the facility in McAllen, Texas, to thank law enforcement officials and social-service providers for their hard work, and to discuss efforts to reunite families with their children,”
Dave Boyer reports in The Washington Times. “She was also meeting with children between the ages of 12 and 17 who are being held at the Upbring New Hope Children’s Shelter, part of Lutheran Social Services.”
The First Lady thanked the social workers “for your heroic work that you do every day and what you do for those children.”
In The Hill, OMB Deputy Director of Management Margaret Weichert explains how the Trump Administration’s plan to reorganize the federal government will better serve the American people by balancing “the mission, service and stewardship responsibilities of the executive branch, while reducing inefficiency, risk and duplication.”
“A majority of voters blame the parents of the separated children at the southwestern border for the current immigration crisis, not the federal government, according to a new poll,” Jennifer Harper reports for The Washington Times. A new Rasmussen Reports survey indicates that “54 percent of likely U.S. voters say the parents are more to blame for breaking the law.”
In the Washington Examiner, Jenna Ellis writes that President Trump “is not caving or reversing course, but rather is going on the record formally charging his law enforcement officers . . . with making every effort to keep families together when such action is legally available. This is a very good thing for a president to show constitutional restraint and acquiescence to the rule of law, while ordering agencies to execute the law with more compassion if and where possible.”
“Thankfully, President Trump signed an executive order to stop separation of families at the border. But it’s not a long-term solution. Congress does have to act,” Ned Ryun writes in The Hill. “This entire episode has really shown what Democrats and their allies in the media believe . . . They see no purpose in immigration laws and favor open-border policies.”
In The Wall Street Journal, National Trade Council Director Peter Navarro writes that President Trump’s recently announced tariffs “will form a critical line of defense against predatory trade practices China has used to the detriment of American industries.”
In USA Today, Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Peter O’Rourke writes that “USA TODAY’s misleading Sunday article, ‘Secret VA nursing home ratings hide poor quality care from the public,’ is a prime example of why the phrase ‘fake news’ has gained such prominence.”