Trump Signs Order Keeping Migrant Families Together At Border, "Zero-Tolerance" To Continue

Update 3: President Trump has signed an Executive Order titled "Affording Congress an Opportunity to Address Family Separation" to keep illegal immigrant families together at the border, while stating that his administration's "zero-tolerance" policy of enforcing Bush-era immigration laws will continue.

“We’re going to have strong, very strong borders, but we’re going to keep the families together,” Trump said. “I didn’t like the sight or the feeling of families being separated.”

As he signed the order, Trump who was flanked by VP Pence and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said: “You're going to have a lot of happy people.”

Trump said earlier today he hopes his action will be "matched by legislation," while also committing to "get the wall done" during his comments. 

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Update 2: President Trump appears to have confirmed his path forward with regard immigration. Per a White House pool spray, Trump says he is postponing the Congressional picnic and instead will be signing something "preemptive" on immigration later today "to keep families together," adding that he needs Democrat support.

"I'll be doing something that's somewhat preemptive and ultimately will be matched by legislation I'm sure."

And of course, he couldn't resist a tweet-shot across the Left's bow by retweeting this...

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Update 1: AP confirms, reporting that Homeland Security secretary is drafting order to end family separation at border; however it is unclear if Trump will sign it. The executive action would follow days of escalating calls from both sides of the political divide for Trump, or Congress, to end the controversial family separation policy.

As Fox adds, the action under consideration would allow children to stay in detention with parents for an extended period of time. This comes as congressional Republicans scramble to draft legislation to address the same issue, but face challenges mustering the votes. The separations are the result of the administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy, which aims to prosecute all illegal border crossers. But because of a 1997 order and related decisions, children cannot be detained for longer than 20 days with the adults.

Sources told Fox News that such an executive action by Trump could be seen to run afoul of the 1997 order and would likely draw a lawsuit. But the White House wants to try to take steps to uphold the enforcement of the law, while at the same time lessening the trauma of children being separated from their parents.

Rep. Peter King of New York became the latest Republican to join the chorus on Wednesday when he called on Trump to suspend the family separation policy if House immigration legislation does not pass. Speaking on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom,” King said that while he agrees with the president’s goals in regards to immigration, the current policy of separating migrant children from parents charged with entering the country illegally is “really terrible for families.”

Republicans in both the House and Senate are struggling to shield the party's lawmakers from the public outcry over images of children taken from migrant parents and held in cages at the border. But they are running up against Trump's shifting views on specifics and his determination, according to advisers, not to look soft on his signature immigration issue, the border wall.

“The Democrats do not have a strong policy,” King said on Fox News. “But at the same time we are playing into their hands by allowing this to happen.”

 

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Trump may be about to fold to the non-stop media barrage over the separation of immigrant parents and their children at the border, a process started by Trump's predecessor.

According to a tweet by Fox News White House correspondent Kevin Corke, the Trump administration "is today looking at some sort of executive action" that will allow children of those who illegally came to the U.S. to stay with parents through the entire adjudication process.

A separate unconfirmed report claims that Rudy Giuliani is "set to appear on Fox News to announce some sort of 'executive action' to stop the family separations at the border."

It is unclear if, once Trump folds on the immigrant fiasco, whether the media will redirect its attention to the OIG report which it has been desperately trying to avoid, even though Peter Strzok is doing everything in his power to keep that narrative on the front pages.