The conservative Wall Street Journal editorial board does not seem pleased with President Donald Trump’s disastrous attempts to separate immigrant children from their parents.
In a scathing op-ed, the editors hammer the president for trying to make reversing his own administration’s family separation policy seem like a momentous achievement.
“In classic Trumpian fashion, the President took credit for reversing a policy he had previously said he couldn’t reverse,” the editors write. “But this was a problem of his own creation, and ‘zero tolerance’ is part of it.”
The editors go on to say that while Trump’s executive order will at least temporarily “get the traumatized toddlers out of the headlines,” the president’s reprieve from the crisis will be short lived if the Republican-led House of Representatives fails to pass a compromise immigration measure that would fund his border wall while at the same time granting a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children.
“The leadership’s bill has a shot if Mr. Trump would offer some full-throated protection to Members against the restrictionists,” the editors write. “The President huddled with Republicans on Tuesday and endorsed both bills, but that is a cop-out. It’s an excuse for conservatives to vote for Goodlatte, though they know it will fail.”