Local immigration attorney weighs in on president’s executive order

Local immigration attorney weighs in on president’s executive order

Despite the executive order signed by President Donald Trump on Wednesday afternoon, thousands of families are already separated.

One local immigration attorney, Iliana Holguin, said there’s still a lot of unanswered questions.

She said right now, there’s no real process set up to reunify families that have been separated.

"What the order seems to want to do is now replace separating children from their families and detaining children alone, it seems to want to replace that with now detaining family units together,” she said.

But she said there is a court case stemming from 1997 that keeps children from being detained for more than 20 days.

"So, what we're going to see now, is the administration trying to undo that settlement and get the court to change their order to allow detention for (a) longer period of time,” she said.

Holguin said it’s unclear what the order really means for the kids who have already been separated from their parents.

"We don't know what efforts are being made to reunify those kids or to at least help parents locate their children,” she said.

She said only time will tell.

Some El Pasoans we spoke with remain skeptical.

"I think it's just temporary on what they're doing,’ said El Paso resident Ivonne Apodaca.

Others said they’re hopeful.

"I think it's a great - I think keeping families together is a good thing,” said El Paso resident Robert Brandmeyer.

KFOX14 asked several people their opinion about the executive order.

Only a few of them would talk to us, and of those who did, one was against the decision.

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