President Donald Trump, not long after supposedly saying that only the Democrats could fix the migrant-child crisis, said on Wednesday that he might sign an executive order to stop the current policy whereby children are separated at the border when they illegally cross it with their parents.
During a cabinet room meeting with Republican lawmakers, Trump said: “we’re going to be signing an executive order in a little while.”
As you may know, the media has focused heavily on the crisis created by widely circulated images of detained children in converted old Wal-Marts and tents near the US-Mexico border.
Trump said “we’re going to keep families together,” but they have to continue maintaining the strength of the border, otherwise, people will come into the country without appropriate screening measures. As you may know, Trump has been adamant about stopping illegal immigration into the United States.
According to the Pew Research Center, there are currently 12 million illegal immigrants in the United States right now, comprising around 3.4% of the population.
Trump has taken a lot of heat for pointing out the argument that, if people want into the country, they have to use traditional channels like every other migrant who wants to come to the US. However, Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric is one of the root causes of the criticism against him.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 20, 2018
The president’s remarks come after the huge backlash against the policy which has allegedly separated 2,342 children from their parents at the US-Mexico border.
Despite the lack of a clear timeline, Trump said he would be implementing the executive order on Wednesday afternoon before one of his political rallies in Duluth, Minnesota.
Trump also announced that he would be canceling a White House picnic that he scheduled for Thursday. It was meant for the purpose of bringing the families of members of Congress together.