Former Justice Department assistant chief deputy Ron Bamieh said on Fox News Wednesday that President Donald Trump’s Executive Order barring the separation of children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border was likely a “stall tactic” the administration hoped would buy them a week or two but in reality won’t “make it to the weekend”.
“The executive order is written to say we know we’re not complying with the law,” Bamieh said. “We’re going to go to the judge and ask her to make this the law...Somebody is at the pleasure of Judge [Dolly] Gee’s company, she’s going to say, ‘No, this isn’t my problem.’ This is your problem, this is the government’s problem. This administration has a zero tolerance policy, this Congress, this Senate hasn’t passed any meaningful legislation in immigration. This is your problem. You fix it. You’re not going to hold kids more than 20 days.'”
Fox News host Trace Gallagher offered that the legislative “pathway is very, very narrow”, but Bamieh disagreed, saying it is not the pathway that is small but the incentive.
“What the next step would be then is somebody has to take the next step deciding what will be more unpalatable to us: To deal with the fact that we have these kids in detention, or to come back from our zero-tolerance policy...adjudicate these asylum cases really quickly.”
Bamieh said he suspects the Trump administration is opting for the last option and pushed out the Executive Order in an effort to buy time.
Still, he thinks the president will have less time than he hoped, saying “as soon as they get before the judge...it’s over.”