June 20, 2018 / 7:27 PM / 3 months ago

Trump signs executive order to keep immigrant families together

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump, addressing what his administration has characterized as an unwanted side effect of his zero-tolerance policy on illegal immigration, signed an executive order on Wednesday to keep families who illegally cross the U.S. southern border together as they await immigration proceedings.

U.S. President Donald Trump sits at this desk in the Oval Office with DHS Secretary Kristin Nielsen and Vice President Mike Pence prior to signing an executive order on immigration policy at the White House in Washington, U.S., June 20, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Milllis

“It’s about keeping families together while at the same time making sure that we have a very powerful, very strong border,” Trump told reporters as he signed the measure.

Reporting by Steve Holland; Writing by Tim Ahmann; Editing by Sandra Maler

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