President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday to keep families together at border, but said the “zero tolerance” prosecution policy will continue.
The New York Times reports that the new executive order seeks to modify that existing consent decree in order to keep parents and children together in detention. However, Amnesty International says that those detentions could now be indefinite.
“Make no mistake—this executive order is a betrayal of families fleeing violence and persecution,” Denise Bell, refugee and migrant rights researcher at Amnesty International USA, said in a statement.
“Mothers, fathers, and children must not be held behind bars for prolonged periods for seeking safety. Not only does imprisoning children go against our country’s shared values of dignity and equality, but it is also unlawful and threatens to permanently stain the U.S. human rights record.”