Lafayette reacts to President Trump signing executive order

President Trump signed an executive order ending the family separation policy.

Posted: Jun. 20, 2018 6:19 PM
Updated: Jun. 20, 2018 6:40 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — President Trump signed an executive order ending the family separation policy.

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Under the Trump administration's recent zero tolerance immigration policy, thousands of children have been separated from their parents at the border.

News 18 talked with people in Lafayette about the issue, who all said it's complicated because there are so many moving parts.

Some said signing an executive order shows promise, others said it just isn't enough. However they all agree, it needs to be settled because children are involved.

"We do have a border, and it's not a wide open border. We can say who comes and who doesn't come," said Wesley Shook. 

Shook knows the country's immigration issue is multi-faceted, and he like many others realize there is no perfect solution. 

"It's never been a real issue before with children," Shook said. 

It's become more complicated over the past several weeks as thousands of children have been separated from their parents at the border.

That's been hard for Ann Monical to see and hear. "The concept of detaining children, it's just very upsetting."

Monical said regardless of someone's stance on immigration people should be concerned when it comes to children.

"I think many people just find the idea of having your children pulled away from you whether you're an illegal or legal immigrant is just very shocking," said Monical. 

She did become more hopeful after President Trump said he would sign an executive order to handle the situation.

"So with this signing of this executive order, it would be terrific to see the problem solved,"said Monical. 

However she said she knows the issue is much bigger than that.

"But again, it may not be solved immediately just due to the logistics of the situation," Monical said. 

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