Charlotte Talks: Political Fallout From Border Separation

Jun 25, 2018

Monday, June 25, 2018

Days after his Homeland Security secretary said only Congress could undo the separation of families at the Southern border, President Trump signed an executive order doing just that.
Credit The White House / Shealah Craighead

It's been a chaotic few days in the Trump White House over immigration, particularly the separation of families on the Southern border. With the midterms looming, will there be any political fallout? Guest host Michael Bitzer explores that.

The practice of splitting up families at the U-S / Mexico border found President Trump with few allies defending the administration’s approach. North Carolina Republicans, from Senator Thom Tillis to powerful Freedom Caucus chairman Mark Meadows, criticized the separations.

But this White House swings from one controversy to another, so will there be any long-term ramifications for Trump and Republicans?

Political experts weigh in on that, and the Republican race for governor in South Carolina, where President Trump will be campaigning Monday for incumbent Henry McMaster.


Michael Bitzer, Catawba College, professor of political science and history (@BowTiePolitics)


Gibbs Knotts, College of Charleston, chair of Department of Political Science (@GibbsKnotts)

Susan Roberts, Davidson College, associate professor of political science (@profsuroberts)

Gregory Weeks, UNC Charlotte, chair of Department of Political Science and Public Administration (@GregWeeksCLT)