President Donald Trump signed an executive order today ending the process of separating children from families after they are detained crossing the U.S. border illegally. It was a dramatic turnaround for Trump, who has been insisting, wrongly, that his administration had no choice but to separate families apprehended at the border because of federal law and a court decision. It is not clear what any reunification plans may be, or what will happen with the immigrant children who were placed in various facilities, including one in Kingston, New York. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Ulster County Executive Mike Hein about the situation.
That was Ulster County Executive Mike Hein, speaking with WAMC’s Allison Dunne about a child who is in Kingston after being separated from his family. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Tuesday said there were about 100 children who had been separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border being detained in in New York. In addition to the one in Kingston, Westchester County Executive George Latimer says he learned there were children being placed in facilities in Westchester County, in Dobbs Ferry, Irvington and Yonkers, as well as in Lincolndale, in the Town of Somers.