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Trump Signs Executive Order Ending His Own Family-Separation Policy

Trump Signs Executive Order Ending His Own Family-Separation Policy

The new order means that immigrant families will still be prosecuted for entering the country illegally, though now they will be detained together "indefinitely" at facilities that still may need to be built, as The New York Times reports.

President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to keep families together at the southern border, saying at the White House that he doesn't like the sight of children being separated from their families. The settlement of a class-action lawsuit set policies for the treatment and release of unaccompanied children who are caught at the border.

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First lady Melania Trump is thought to have played a part in Mr Trump's backdown.

Trump, speaking to reporters at the White House, said he hoped his measure would be matched with legislation in the U.S. Congress.

On Wednesday afternoon, congressional Democrats gathered on the Capitol steps to protest the practice of child separation.

On Tuesday, President Trump met with GOP lawmakers about the issue. "We also don't want families who are fleeing for their lives to be sent back into the burning house that they've escaped from, and we also don't want America to be a place where you can't get a fair shot in a life-and-death decision". They want open borders, which breeds frightful crime.

Trump defends zero-tolerance border policy
Melania Trump's spokesperson Stephanie Grisham told CNN the First Lady "hates" the family separation. Former First Lady Laura Bush said coming from Texas, she understands the need for border protection.

It comes amid widespread condemnation of President Trump's zero-tolerance policy on migrants at the USA southern border after emotive footage showed deeply distressed children crying for their families.

The president's "zero tolerance" immigration policy announced in May mandated universal prosecution of adults who enter the country illegally. On the other hand, if authorities detain the family under the Flores agreement, the children must be separated.

Trump has blamed "Democrat-supported loopholes" in federal law for the family separations, but critics of the policy say the recent spike is due to the enforcement of US Attorney General Jeff Sessions' "zero tolerance" approach.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is drafting an executive action for President Donald Trump that would direct DHS to keep families apprehended at the border together during detention.

Since the time of that tweet and the clip below, Trump has said that he will be "signing something" shortly. Nielsen was heckled at a restaurant Tuesday evening and has faced protesters at her home.

It's unclear at the moment what the executive order will say.

The president's policy change came after days of uproar over audio and photos of kids as young as a few months taken away from their parents. "Parents shouldn't break the law with their children". In 2015, a federal judge in Los Angeles expanded the terms of the settlement, ruling that it applies to children who are caught with their parents as well as to those who come to the USA alone.


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