After days of relentless criticism from both sides of the aisle regarding his “zero-tolerance” immigration policy, which has led to the separation of more than 2,300 children from their parents at the southern border of the U.S., President Donald Trump issued an Executive Order which halts the practice. (Children will still be detained, however they will now be held with their families.)
Immediately after the order was signed, Ivanka Trump tweeted for the first time since June 15 in praise of her father. “Thank you @POTUS for taking critical action ending family separation at our border,” she wrote. Like her dad, she then called upon Congress to find a larger, long-term solution.
After all five living first ladies, including her stepmom, Melania Trump, issued statements regarding the policy (some more strongly worded than others), Ivanka’s silence at the height of the crisis was as surprising as it was deafening. After all, Ivanka has often touted herself as a champion of maternity and paternity leave, and regularly posts loving photos of her own family—even when it’s not perhaps the best timing—in an attempt to promote a “family-first” image.
Maria Shriver, the former First Lady of California, as well as Meghan McCain, daughter of John McCain, both called out the First Daughter for her silence on the topic. “Step up or step down,” wrote Shriver after her call for a request to Ivanka went unanswered.
According to CNN, Ivanka may have been working behind the scenes to persuade her dad to take action. Regardless, her social media silence felt resounding in an age when politicians—and Ivanka, specifically—regularly use their platforms to add to the conversation.
On Twitter, users reacted unfavorably to Ivanka’s congratulatory tweet. While many were relieved to hear that children were no longer going to be separated from their parents, they refused to praise Trump for reversing a practice that was a direct result of his administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy.
“Thanking your father for pulling back on HIS policy that has left thousands of children traumatized LOOKS BAD,” wrote Morning Joe‘s Mika Brzezinski on Twitter. “Not going 2work.” Others echoed the sentiment.
Elsewhere on Twitter, organizations like the Women’s March and the ACLU warned that while children may no longer be separated from their families, there is still a humanitarian crisis at hand—beginning with the children who are currently detained away from their parents. There is not currently information regarding how or when families will be reunited.
Additionally, given that Trump’s “zero-tolerance” policy is still in effect, all those who cross the border illegally will still be detained—albeit, as families.
“Let’s be clear about what this Executive Order does: Instead of imprisoning children in separate internment camps away from their parents, this administration will now imprison children in the same internment camps as their parents,” wrote the Women’s March on Twitter. “It does nothing to end the imprisonment of children.”
While we can all breathe a sigh of relief that families are no longer being separated, there is still work to be done.
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