What Does Trump’s Immigration Order Mean?

Boston University School of Law immigration expert says new policy “is legally and morally indefensible”

On June 20, Donald Trump, flanked by Kirstjen Nielsen, Homeland Security secretary (left), and Mike Pence, vice president, signed an executive order that would end the separation of families at the US-Mexico border, but would detain them together indefinitely. AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

BU Today: What does this new executive order mean? Is it a shift away from current immigration policy?

What is the likelihood of an immediate legal challenge to the new executive order?

Do you think the Trump administration can persuade the courts to modify the Flores Settlement to allow for indefinite detention?

What is the fate of the 2,300 children currently in detention centers? Do you think they will be reunited in a timely fashion?

What are some of the hurdles these families face in being reunited?

In previous interviews, you’ve said that you cannot deter families who are fleeing for their lives. Can you talk about this?

Anything else you’d like to add?

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