What's changed and what hasn't with Trump's executive order?

Tommy Tucker, WWL First News
Thursday, June 21st
Tommy talks with CBS correspondent Leonard Steinhorn about President Trump's executive order on his family separation policy.

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Leonard Stein horn joins us now CBS correspondent a professor of public communication and American University. Talk about the president's executive orders yesterday morning's error. Good morning thank you for taking the time was this what exactly did you. The president accomplish yesterday illegally. With the executive order that he signed and isn't as simple as perhaps some people are perceiving it to be. Who are too good question. So legally basically he said that he wasn't going to separate families. And that's an. And opening up steam valve and taking the pressure off position. Of course he did this after weeks of saying he couldn't do it. And that's only congress could do so that added credibility questioned. To this whole polity. But bottom line he did it. He took the pressure up keep sort of now saying that the policy of separating shall have their parents is no longer place but. That's still raises other questions because part of law has been you can he shall in detention. In perpetuity. Forever permanent. And so if you can't put children in detention forever. For a long time. What is that too well with the parents who are not going to be separated from the virtual and so. This is one is suitable legal issues that may be played at all on this you may remember. That the president when after the bombing your policy. Of tension leads. And that catch and release policy basically the actual and we used. You process them and when you lead and an album that they have to appear at a certain point art and you can even strength. Right exactly and the reason that that policy was in places for precisely the same legal dilemma that the truck administration cases which is that. Or law as interpreted currently. On basically that you can keep children in detention. Permanently so. It's the titans well the problem but and so like opening up that spew that seat belt and take the pressure off. Let let me ask you if you can end and Leonard did to walk us through we don't get too deep in the weeds here but. About the consent decree about the Flores settlement and how legally now. The federal government the Department of Justice has to go to court. In order to. Keep the families together and I guess that would be with an eye toward expand expanding the times that they can all be held in detention. Behind again. That's basically. It's expanding the harm that they can all be held in detention because there's sort of this twenty day limit you can't. There. Keep children. And in custody like the arm and so. There is consent to being in the 1990s. When these issues were calm and that basically led to twenty days. Sort of went. On the question then becomes is that sort of twenty Tuesday limit consent decree. Written in concrete and I think this is what it trumped administration's talking to deal with. In the courts and trying gains some extra time. To be able to keep people in custody which is what they want. Without separating parents from their children we also say hold mother who right now which has. How do sort of bring back together reunite those 2300 children that have been separated. Over the past couple months on this so zero tolerance so policy at the top administration put put in place. And he can rest assured that that's going to court with any number of lawsuits being involved by public interest groups. Basically trying those in the person trump administration on this policy as well so they're gonna end up in the courts but it's also going to end up in congress and there's a lot of our disagreement in congress on these issues. You read you know he's been unable to put together comprehensive immigration bill George W. Bush couldn't do it. Barack Obama couldn't do it. It's not altogether clear that Donald Trump is going to do a Republican Party itself. Is very divided on this and that let alone doesn't talk about their disagreements. With the Democrats the rhetoric as he did. On and so you know when you are in the real political lesson in this country are dealing with one of these issues that. Has made America a very strong country over the centuries which is immigration and how we deal there. Would it be inaccurate to say Leonard that this is one rather. The bigger issues facing the country and instead of their for example in a relationship. A big giant thing instead of sitting down calmly and rationally. And discussing a huge thing instead. Instead of logic it is now become an emotional slash political argument which I don't think is gonna. Help trying to establish a policy. Well I think that's right on the mark. And it's important that goes how to lead claimed it sure how we look at it you know the president has been crying vendors and companies that are criminals. Rapists a few members. A campaign speech on order. And that they're seeing their people who are going to trust the country and if you think that that way on it's not surprising that people feel that. Our country is under siege and under assault. The increase in a completely differently which I think this past week. So soon into the enhanced arm as people sort of coming to this country the way that they always come to this country true. Seek opportunity. To escape oppression sustained injures. To escape violence and wanting to build a better life. And to become Americans are to contribute to the number entry encourage you to consult. That takes on the different brain and so really depends on how little you know how people executes and immigration as a positive there is something that. Many of your listeners and my own family but I don't music and even that would have been arranged. 120 years ago it was criminal undesirable. We hope those countries you frame it that way. That ticket on a whole different course of the constrained it is you don't want these people they're dangerous and potentially hurting our country there's still in job. I think Japan a completely different. But it's considered. The sort of ratchet down the rhetoric on all this and strong businesses and deal with the facts deal with the rationally trying to come to terms. With cool and wanna be as a country and I don't wanna let people and as a country that has been an Asian of Asian nation of immigrants aren't. That could potentially. Guess to a better place but the minute incident. Politicize everything involved with the immigration. Yeah problems. Thank you Leonard I appreciate your time. I will be talking again Leonard Stein who owns CBS correspondent professor of public communications. At American University.