Trump says he will sign executive order to avoid family separations

Stop breaking up families at the border

Stop breaking up families at the border

"We're going to keep families together, but we still have to maintain toughness or our country will be overrun by people, by crime, by all of the things that we don't stand for", Trump told reporters at the White House on Wednesday.

The president's U-turn on the separation of children from their parents comes amid growing fury across the US's political spectrum over the detention of children, some as young as seven months old.

The theme tying them together is his aversion to new people coming into the country. Children would only be separated from their parents if their safety is at risk. We are also going to count on Congress, obviously, but we are signing an executive order in a little while.

The administration says its hands are tied by a set of laws and court rulings including a 1997 federal consent decree in what started as a class action lawsuit that requires the federal government to release all undocumented immigrant children, regardless of whether they crossed into the USA with their parents and that requires the government keep immigrant families together for just 20 days.

Under current law, detained minors can only be held for 20 days and are now housed by Health and Human Services instead of the U.S. Marshals, who house adults.

Trump said that he would sign the executive order before he left for Minnesota later today.

US President Donald Trump defended the "zero tolerance" policy leading to migrant families being split on the US border as the only effective way to fight illegal immigration. "I continue to urge Congress to move forward with an immigration plan that includes increased enforcement resources, a border wall, and reforms to the immigration process". "Children do not belong in jail".

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California leaders argued that the president's order traded one dehumanizing system for another, while doing nothing to reunite the thousands of kids who've been separated with their parents.

Trump said he hoped his measure would be matched by legislation in the U.S. Congress.

More than 2,000 immigrant children have been separated from their families since early May under the Trump Administration's new "zero tolerance" policy, under which adults have been prosecuted for a federal misdemeanor while children were placed in juvenile facilities.

Until Wednesday, Trump had held firm on the matter.

Although it was unclear if this is what Mr Trump is signing, he said he would be "signing something" and said he wants to keep families together. They don't care about lack of security.

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

Katharina Obser, a senior policy adviser at the Women's Refugee Commission, said the order could result in expanded detention for immigrant families.

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