Trump Says He Will Sign Order To End Family Separations

Trump Says He Will Sign Order To End Family Separations

"We are going to see what happens", Mr. Trump said.

At a brief announcement at the White House, Trump did not provide further details on how families would be kept together or how detentions would be handled going forward.

UPDATE 12:18 p.m. EST: Per Bloomberg, the president will be signing an Executive Order today, and Congress will vote on a bill tomorrow.

The House of Representatives is expected to vote on two bills created to end family separations formally and deal with other immigration issues. "Go for it! WIN!"

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 USA border illegally.

Majority Whip John Cornyn said legislation benefiting families and law enforcement could stand alone or be attached to a spending bill.

The US president has said that he will sign an executive order stopping families being separated at US borders.

It's also unclear whether the executive order Trump says he'll sign will fully solve the problem, or whether it will mollify the two-thirds of Americans who disapprove of the Trump administration's separation of families.

But images of young children housed in metal cages have set off a nationwide outcry that has reached the White House.

Almost 2,000 minors have been separated from their families since Sessions announced the policy in April.

The comments come amid news that Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has been working on executive action that would end the separation process. They have said the separations result from legal loopholes but insist immigrants who arrive illegally won't simply be released. "We are keeping a very powerful border and it continues to be - we continue to have a zero-tolerance policy".

In the face of bipartisan blowback, administration officials said their hands were tied.

Republican leaders in the House are now trying to put together an immigration bill that will keep immigrant children in detention indefinitely, but housed with their parents.

Even some of the president's biggest Republican supporters said they disagree with his policy. "They really would like to have open borders where anybody in the world can just flow in, including from the Middle East, from anybody anywhere they can just flow into our country".

In May, the Department of Justice adopted the zero-tolerance policy in which anyone caught entering the USA illegally is criminally prosecuted.

America's top law official told Fox News the "zero tolerance" policy was about enforcing border security.

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