BREAKING: Trump Says He Will Sign Executive Order To End Separations
Reunite them but on the southern side of the border. They can make arrangements from there for their children. Or at the very least a new program to house them together awaiting a hearing…
How many times have the Democrats thought they had Trump over a barrel and on the ropes, only to realize they are standing on a loose rug that President Trump is holding?
President Trump on Wednesday said he will sign an “executive order” intended to end his administration’s controversial practice of separating children from their parents who illegally cross the southern border.
“We want to keep families together. It’s very important. I’ll be signing something in a little while that’s going to do that,” Trump told reporters during a meeting with Republican lawmakers at the White House.
Details about the order remain unknown, but Trump said he would be signing the document before leaving for a Wednesday night campaign rally in Duluth, Minn.
The move would be a major reversal for Trump and comes after the president and his top aides insisted for days that only Congress could halt family separations at the border, despite members of both parties saying Trump could unilaterally change the policy.
Trump said during a speech on Tuesday that congressional action is the “only solution to the border crisis.”
“Congress and the courts created this problem, and Congress alone can fix it,” Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said on Monday.
But fierce criticism of the president’s family separation policy has continued to build nationally and even globally, with Pope Francis calling it “contrary to our Catholic values” and “immoral.”
Republicans and Democrats in Congress have been scrambling to draft legislation aimed at keeping families together, even as they urged the president to change his administration’s policy on his own.
“President Trump could stop this policy with a phone call,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said on CNN last Friday. “If you don’t like families being separated, you can tell DHS, ‘stop doing it.’”
Trump said Wednesday he wanted to push lawmakers to adopt more restrictive immigration policies, such as border-wall funding and cuts to legal immigration, but complained Democrats would not agree. More