Published: Thu, June 21, 2018
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

Trump says he'll sign executive order to end family separations

Trump says he'll sign executive order to end family separations

If the president goes through with the signing, "It would be a complete 180".

"No one wants to separate families and the president's action will ensure that those who are crossing our border illegally are detained and our laws are enforced", he said. "Otherwise it's never going to stop", he said.

Nielsen was reportedly headed to the White House Wednesday and the drafted order would ask the Department of Defense to aid in the housing of the immigrant families. "Separating - especially very small children from their parents at the border is not something we should do".

The president was criticised by the United Nations, foreign leaders and both Republicans and Democrats for the treatment of migrants at the country's borders.

Bowing to pressure from anxious allies, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday ending the process of separating children from families after they are detained crossing the US border illegally.

Trump, as well as other administration officials such as Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, said that the White House's hands were tied regarding family separations, adding that only Congress could solve the problem.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said, "Anyone who has seen the photos, heard the audio of small children alone and afraid, crying out for their parents, can not help but feel horror and disgust".

May said Wednesday that images of children in cages were "deeply disturbing". "We don't think families should be separated".

Mr Trump's own Republican Party, meanwhile, had been working on legislation to will allow families detained at the US-Mexico border to stay together, speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan said. "We are keeping a very powerful border and it continues to be - we continue to have a zero-tolerance policy". The administration wants to keep children in custody with their parents indefinitely. "Or, prosecute them and then under court cases and the law, they have to be separated from their children".

It's unclear whether the president is supportive of the measure.

The Trump administration has been charging people with crimes even if they cross the border and claim asylum.

In May, the Department of Justice adopted the zero-tolerance policy in which anyone caught entering the USA illegally is criminally prosecuted. Homeland Security officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Trump, whose administration weeks ago began separating hundreds of children from their parents at the border, did not describe the specifics of the order.

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