US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that promises to keep families together. The order comes shortly after the criticism and fury over the separation of families.
The US President spoke about the decision, saying he had been swayed by the pictures of children who have been separated from their parents. Yesterday, protesters were seen yelling as Trump went past them. One of the protesters is heard yelling about the separation of families.
The US President said during the order signing on Wednesday that he did not like the sight of families being separated. Mr. Trump added that the administration would continue its zero tolerance policy.
The order signing was attended by Vice President Mike Pence and US Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen. The executive order signed today states that the families will be detained together. Details on how long they would be detained have not been revealed.
Yesterday, pictures and audios of the children that had been separated made news around the world. In one audio, children are heard crying as authorities are speaking to them. The children are taken to holding cells when they are detained. The children can only be held there for three days. After the three days, they have to be moved to a detention center. The country has about 100 of them.
The news on the separation of the families along with the pictures and audios have brought criticism from many countries. Just a few hours ago, Chile’s President Sebastian Piñera tweeted about the separation of families, saying it is unacceptable to see children being separated from their parents.
French politician Marine Le Pen, who has supported some of Trump’s decisions on immigration, told French TV that she disagreed on the separation of children from their parents.
Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that the policy separating the children from their parents is wrong. His comments came just hours before the US President signed the executive order. Reports say more than 2,000 children have been detained.
The family separations began when the US Attorney announced a zero tolerance policy in April. The policy has been heavily criticized by human rights groups and other organizations.