President Trump signed a memo on Friday directing his administration to end the “catch and release” policy, which is when immigrants who show up at the border are released from detention while waiting for their cases to be processed.
The memo that President Trump signed does not actually require any immediate or concrete steps to enact these changes; rather, the memo directs officials to tell the president what steps they are doing to end “catch and release” practices. Though this memo doesn’t require direct policy change, it shows how Trump is willing to use executive action to take steps to solve a problem he has complained Congress will not.
VERDICT: The memo is just another step the Trump administration has taken in the past week to begin acting on their tough immigration talk. President Trump ordered the National Guard to patrol the border with Mexico as a response to the lack of funding for the border wall in the budget bill.
Of course, the memo President Trump signed does not necessarily require direct action, but it may begin a process that would end the “catch and release” practice as it is now. It will be important to pay attention to see if any actions do come as a result of this memo.