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WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has succumbed to global appeals, signing an executive order promising to “keep families together” in migrant detentions.
Trump retreated on his policy on Wednesday amid international fury over the separation of undocumented parents and children, saying he had been swayed by images of children who have been taken from parents while they are jailed and prosecuted for illegal border-crossing.
“It’s about keeping families together, I did not like the sight of families being separated,” Mr Trump said at the signing ceremony but hastened to add that the administration would continue its zero tolerance policy of criminally prosecuting anyone who crosses the border illegally.
The tycoon-turned-president had insisted he was legally bound to split the children from their parents and that only Congress could resolve the problem but now he has shifted the policy, earning rare praise from global community.
‘We want security for our country and we will have that — at the same time, we have compassion, we want to keep families together,’ he asserted.