To fire up his anti-immigrant base of supporters before the election, President Donald Trump announced he was issuing an extensive executive order requiring asylum-seekers to present themselves at a port of entry.
Illegal immigration is now a central issue in the 2018 midterm elections. And the outcome of those elections will determine if there will be a showdown over the U.S.-Mexico border in Congress in December.
According to The Texas Tribune, children who have been forcibly taken from their migrant parents are being held as hostages so that the parents will agree to voluntary deportation.
The newspaper is reporting that adults who illegally crossed the border into Texas with children are “being pressured by government officials” to sign voluntary deportation orders and are being told that doing so will allow them to be reunited with their children. They are told that if they don’t sign the orders they will be deported without their children.