South Florida GOP Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen blasted President Trump in a scathing statement shortly after he announced an executive order to reverse his administration’s policy of separating thousands of migrant children from their families at the southern border.
According to Scott Wong, a writer at the Hill, Ros-Lehtinen called Trump an “arsonist” who is now playing “fireman” by putting out his own fire with an executive order.
“Anything to boost his fragile ego,” she added.
Rep. @RosLehtinen (R-FL) calls Trump the “arsonist” who now wants to play “fireman” by signing executive action ending family separations at the border.
“Anything to boost his fragile ego …” she said
— Scott Wong (@scottwongDC) June 20, 2018
Ros-Lehtinen added: “#Trump admin has heard wailing of children in its centers and president is set to take action weeks after controversy erupts. We must govern with brains and heart. Families must never be separated at border. @potus broke it + he owns this mess. Don’t pass the buck, @potus.”
#Trump admin has heard wailing of children in its centers and president is set to take action weeks after controversy erupts. We must govern with brains and heart. Families must never be separated at border. @potus broke it + he owns this mess. Don’t pass the buck, @potus. https://t.co/vakv9q0Qkc
— Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (@RosLehtinen) June 20, 2018
Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order reversing his debunked argument that he had no authority to stop separations of undocumented immigrant families at the border.
“We’re signing on executive order. I consider it to be a very important executive order. It’s about keeping families together, while at the same time being sure we have a very powerful very strong border,” Trump said before signing an executive order reversing his own policy.
Just the day before, Trump had claimed his administration could not end the policy without congressional action.
“Under current law, we have only two policy options to respond to this massive crisis. We can either release all illegal immigrant families and minors who show up at the border from Central America or we can arrest the adults for the federal crime of illegal entry. Those are the only two options, totally open borders or criminal prosecution for law-breaking,” the President had said.
By Wednesday morning, he had changed course, though it remained unclear what exactly was in the executive order. One source familiar with the language says it does not end the “zero-tolerance” policy but is more narrowly focused on ending the family separations by allowing families to be detained together.
Trump falsely claimed that his policy of family separations had been going on for 60 years: “This has been going on for 60 years. 60 years nobody’s taken care of it, nobody’s had the political courage to take care of it, but we’re going to take care of it.”