US President Donald Trump’s former homeland security adviser Tom Bossert says the president's executive order ending immigrant family separations will only "survive three weeks," and will be overruled by federal courts.
The former official told ABC's "This Week" that the order, which Trump signed last Wednesday, is against a 2015 ruling from a federal judge who said that even detaining families together was inhumane.
"This executive order the president put out to try to fix this problem is going to run headlong into the 9th Circuit judge that decided in 2015 that even detaining with parents is inhumane," Bossert said.
The ruling was issued at the time of former US President Barack Obama where a 9th Circuit judge ruled that the Obama administration’s policy of detaining parents with their children was “inhumane.”
"There is no way this executive order survives first contact, because her view of President Trump will be harsher," he continued pointing to US District Judge Dolly Gee.
Gee ruled in 2015 that the guidelines that mandated children be incarcerated no more than 20 days extended to children with their parents.
Bossert said that if the judge "maintains the same decision-making theory" from 2015, there would be "no way, unless she completely changes her philosophy," that Trump's executive order stands up to the same scrutiny.
Trump: More border patrol instead of judges
Om Saturday Trump sought to blame his predecessors George W. Bush and Barack Obama for his policy of separating immigrant children from their parents along the border with Mexico while emphasizing the need for more border security instead of more immigration judges. .
“Everybody sees but this is the same sight that Obama had, that Bush had: same sight,” Trump told a state Republican convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Saturday.
“It’s the same thing. In fact they said, ‘Look at this sight, look at President Trump, look at this picture.’ Excuse me, it was 2014 and it was President Obama. OK?”
Trump also said that the issue of illegal immigration “is a problem that should have been solved years ago,” accusing the Democrats of being “obstructionists.”
Trump also criticized a plan by the Senate to employ more judges to deal with immigration cases, saying he wanted more border patrol agents instead.