On Wednesday, President Donald Trump announced that he signed an executive order to prevent the separation of families when addressing illegal immigration issues at the border. The order authorizes the Department of Homeland Security to keep families together if prosecution is pending, ensuring that children are not put in unnecessary danger.
“I didn’t like the sight or feeling of families being separated,” said Trump, according to a report by the Daily Mail.
He also indicated that his wife, Melania, and daughter, Ivanka, played an integral role in shifting his position after showing him images of children who were separated from their families and being detained in various centers.
“Ivanka feels very strongly about it. My wife feels very strongly about it. I feel very strongly about it,” said Trump. “I think anybody with a heart would feel strongly about it.”
Once the order was signed, Ivanka publicly commented on the matter, writing, “Thank you @POTUS for taking critical action ending family separation at our border.”
“Congress must now act + find a lasting solution that is consistent with our shared values,” she continued, “the same values that so many come here seeking as they endeavor to create a better life for their families.”
Trump also called on Congress to take action, stating, “And also, there may be some litigation. We’re also wanting to go through Congress. We will be going through Congress. We’re working on a much more comprehensive bill.”
“And ultimately, we want to see it done right, and it will be done right.”
He also asserted that while the executive order will help in “keeping families together” he is still focused on securing the border.
“At the same time, we are keeping a very powerful border, and it continues to be a zero-tolerance,’ said Trump. “We have zero tolerance for people that enter our country illegally.”
DHS will be responsible for constructing facilities that allow families to be housed together while prosecution is pending.