David French took to Twitter and claimed Trump reinstated Catch and Release.
Thread. Unless I’m hallucinating, it looks to me like Trump just temporarily (and perhaps indefinitely) restored catch and release. Hang with me here, while I explain why. First, read the order: https://t.co/Hy4TCjH7ac
— David French (@DavidAFrench) June 20, 2018
In United States immigration enforcement, “catch and release” refers to a practice of releasing an immigrant to the community while he or she awaits hearings in immigration court, as an alternative to holding them in immigration detention. The migrants whom U.S. immigration enforcement agencies have allowed to remain in the community pending immigrant hearings have been those deemed low risk, such as children, families, and those seeking asylum.
Trump has long called for the end of Catch and Release.
The question dividing politicians is how to keep families together. It’s complicated by past court decisions that prevent the government from keeping children detained in immigrant detention facilities indefinitely (the same legal problem at issue with Trump’s order).
That leaves two options for keeping families together — changing the laws so that children can be kept in custody with their parents for long periods of time, or releasing the entire family from custody.