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Trump Signs Order Allowing Migrant Families To Be Detained Together

The executive order maintains the administration's "zero-tolerance" immigration policy.
Posted at 4:28 PM, Jun 20, 2018

President Donald Trump signed an executive order to address family separation at the border. 

The order maintains the administration's "zero-tolerance" immigration policy, but it says families will be detained together "where appropriate and consistent with law and available resources."

The order directs the Department of Homeland Security to maintain custody of migrant families. And it calls on the Department of Defense to provide their housing and care, at DHS' expense. 

Trump's action also directs Attorney General Jeff Sessions to prioritize immigration cases involving families.

Trump said he "didn't like the sight of families being separated," but he still wants strong border security. Before signing the order, he called this action "equally as tough, if not tougher" than the zero-tolerance policy.