"No one wants to separate families and the president's action will ensure that those who are crossing our border illegally are detained and our laws are enforced", he said.
The "something" will be an executive order, Trump said at a meeting with GOP lawmakers at the White House, and he will sign it before departing for Minnesota, where he is scheduled to speak at a rally Wednesday evening. "Separating - especially very small children from their parents at the border is not something we should do". Immigrant families are being separated primarily because the Trump administration in April began to prosecute as many border-crossing offenses as possible. "Go for it! WIN!" In a speech Tuesday, he said congressional action was the way to resolve the issue.
In recent days, the Republican president had insisted his hands were tied by law on the issue of family separations and had sought to blame Democrats, although it was his administration that implemented the policy of strict adherence to immigration law.
"It's the Democrats fault, they won't give us the votes needed to pass good immigration legislation". Under the Obama administration, such families were usually referred for civil deportation proceedings, not requiring separation.More news: Starbucks announces it's closing 150 stores in 2019
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President Donald Trump said Wednesday morning that he will sign an executive order that will keep families together - reversing his previous claim that only Congress could solve the problem his own administration created.
A young girl rests on her mother's shoulder as they wait in line to enter the San Francisco office of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Wednesday in San Francisco.
Under previous United States administrations, immigrants caught crossing the border for the first time tended to be issued with court summonses and released.
But Republicans said they were uncertain if either measure would have enough support to be approved.
It followed Paul Ryan's announcement that the House of Representatives would vote on a bill which would keep families arriving at the Mexican border together. They want open borders, which breeds frightful crime.
Trump campaigned on stopping illegal immigration, including building a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border. Instead, after the adult is charged, children are held briefly by Homeland Security officials before being transferred to Health and Human Services, which operates more than 100 shelters for minors in 17 states.