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Trump Signs Executive Order Ending His Family Separation Policy: ‘Gonna Have a Lot of Happy People’

A few days ago President Trump was blaming his administration’s policy of family separation at the border on the Democrats and saying Congress should act. Today he signed an executive order to apparently stop the policy.

Trump signed the order and made the announcement to reporters while flanked by Vice President Mike Pence and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. Nielsen, of course, claimed just days ago, “We do not have a policy of separating families at the border. Period.”

The President stated that this executive order is “about keeping families together” while still having a strong border and upholding a “zero tolerance” policy.

He expressed his dismay at the “sight or the feeling” of children being separated from their parents.

“You’re gonna have a lot of happy people,” Trump added before signing it.

When reporters shouted out questions, he briefly said that both Ivanka and Melanie felt “very strongly” about this, as did he.

“Anybody with a heart would feel strongly about it,” he added. “At the same time, we don’t want people coming into our country illegally.”

The executive order itself, as posted by the White House online, states, “It is also the policy of this Administration to maintain family unity, including by detaining alien families together where appropriate and consistent with law and available resources.”

But the EO itself once again blames Congress for the administration policy: “It is unfortunate that Congress’s failure to act and court orders have put the Administration in the position of separating alien families to effectively enforce the law.”

You can watch the President’s remarks above, via Fox News.

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