President Donald Trump Wednesday signed an executive order that will end a practice of separating parents and their children at the border for crossing illegally. The decision reverses course on the president’s previously stated opinions that separating families would help stop illegal crossings.
However, the order retains the “zero tolerance” policy being enforced on immigrants attempting to cross the border illegally.
Earlier in the week, Trump along with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and other people close to the Trump administration repeatedly said the only way to end the practice is for Congress to pass new legislation.
However, both Democrats and some Republicans have said the president had the power to end the practice himself.
Trump has pushed a lot of the blame for the separations on Democrats saying he was willing to work on a deal, but Democrats had to be open to an agreement of passing stricter immigration legislation.
It’s the Democrats fault, they won’t give us the votes needed to pass good immigration legislation. They want open borders, which breeds horrible crime. Republicans want security. But I am working on something – it never ends!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 20, 2018
The Department of Homeland Security says the “zero tolerance” policy resulted in 2,300 minors being separated from their families at the border from May 5 through June 9.