WATCH: Trump Signs Executive Order Ending Family Separations At Border

“We’re keeping families together and this will solve that problem. At the same time we are keeping a very powerful border and there continues to be a zero tolerance.”

US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to end family separations at the US-Mexico border.

The policy had come under fire from a wide range of critics – including many hypocritical critics like Justin Trudeau who condemned a policy he has imposed in Canada.

At the signing, Trump said “We’re keeping families together and this will solve that problem. At the same time we are keeping a very powerful border and there continues to be a zero tolerance.”

According to a CNBC report, the executive order includes the following things:

  • It orders Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen “to the extent permitted by law and subject to the availability of appropriations” to keep families together during criminal proceedings.
  • The measure says the administration does not have to keep families together “when there is a concern” that detaining a child with a parent “would pose a risk to the child’s welfare.”
  • It directs Attorney General Jeff Sessions to file a request with a federal district court in California to change a legal settlement that curbs the government’s ability to keep children in detention.
  • It orders Sessions to prioritize criminal proceedings for cases involving families.

You can watch Trump signing the executive order below:

Spencer Fernando

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