This Is the Real Reason Why Ivanka Trump Thanked Donald Trump for Ending His Family Separation Policy
Ivanka Trump thanked her father, Donald Trump, for ending his administration’s policy of separating immigrant children from their parents and holding them at detention centers. Since the administration implemented Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy — and its controversial family separation policy — immigration officials have separated more than 2,000 children from their parents.
Almost everyone was outraged by Trump’s family separation policy. It would stand to reason that that would include Ivanka Trump, herself a mother of three. And Ivanka did send out a tweet thanking her father for ending the family separation policy, as Bustle reports. The U.N. called the inhumane practice a “violation of the rights of the child.” But The Cut reports that the real issue, to Ivanka Trump, is that photos of detained children don’t make for good PR.
Axios reports that during a meeting with House Republicans, Donald Trump said that Ivanka “talked to him about the images of children, and told him what a problem they are.” And New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman tweeted that Ivanka Trump went to her father and said, “Daddy, what are we doing about this?” Haberman said that Trump conceded the family separation policy was a “tough issue.” But then he changed the topic to something else.
As Bustle notes, Ivanka Trump has positioned herself as an advocate for families and mothers. But she didn’t address family separation at any point since her father’s administration implemented it in May. It wasn’t until the president signed an executive order to hold immigrant families together at detention centers that she wrote the following on Twitter, alluding to the Trump administration’s claims that only Congressional action could stop family separation:
Thank you @POTUS for taking critical action ending family separation at our border. Congress must now act + find a lasting solution that is consistent with our shared values; the same values that so many come here seeking as they endeavor to create a better life for their families.
The Cut reports that Ivanka’s statement represents the boldest stance that any member of the Trump family has taken on the administration’s family separation policy. The publication notes that Melania Trump’s spokesperson, Stephanie Grisham, told CNN, “Mrs. Trump hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform.”
The executive order that Donald Trump signed stated that it is the “policy of this Administration to maintain family unity, including by detaining alien families together where appropriate and consistent with law and available resources.”
The order also seeks to extend the amount of time that immigration officials can detain undocumented families. Specifically, it directs the Justice Department to re-examine a 1997 court settlement that bans the government from detaining undocumented children for more than 20 days. The 20-day limit applies whether children are accompanied by their parents or not.
Trump’s executive order is about “keeping families together, while at the same time being sure we have a very powerful, very strong border.” The president also said that he doesn’t like seeing children locked in cages. And he said that “Ivanka feels very strongly” about the issue. However, the administration doesn’t yet seem to have a plan for reuniting the families that have already been split up.
Many children remain in detention facilities thousands of miles away from their parents, Bustle notes. And some opponents of Donald Trump’s family separation policy think it’s possible that some of the children will never be reunited with their families.
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