President Donald Trump said he will sign an executive order that will put a halt to the administration’s policy of separating families at the shared border with Mexico, according to media reports.
The furor over the separations–in which immigrant children are placed in separate detention away from their parents–reached a fever pitch over the last week, with calls from both sides of the aisle in Congress for Trump to put an end to the practice.
“I’ll be signing something in a little while [to keep families together],” Trump said, calling the move “somewhat preemptive” and stressing it would “be matched by legislation.” He also said he’s canceling the upcoming congressional picnic, adding: “It didn’t feel exactly right to me.”
In ironically related news, today is World Refugee Day.
The issues of family separations has taken a political turn, as polls show most Republicans supported the action, while most Democrats did not. But the daily image on various media of children–including toddlers–being taken away from their parents created a public firestorm that showed no signs of dying down.
Trump previously blamed Democrats for the crisis, and seemed unwilling to back down.
Just last week, the President said he would not allow illegal immigrants to “infest” the United States.
“Not on my watch”, the President said then.