Donald Trump halts ‘zero tolerance’ immigration policy


US President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order to end separation of immigrant families on the US-Mexico border, after images of children in cages sparked global outrage. In recent weeks, more than 2,500 such children were separated from their parents.

For now, family separation at the US border of (illegal) children and parents under a newly minted ‘zero tolerance’ policy has come to a screeching halt but multiple US immigration firestorms face do-or-die battles this week. Here is how the events unfolded amid global outcry:Already checked off the list is the big climbdown from US President Donald Trump Wednesday afternoon. He bowed to all-round pressure from anxious allies and including from his wife Melania Trump and signed an executive order ending the process of separating children from families after they are detained crossing the U.S. border illegally.

It was a dramatic turnaround for Trump, who has been insisting, wrongly, that his administration had no choice but to separate families apprehended at the border because of federal law and a court decision.

“We’re going to have strong, very strong borders, but we’re going to keep the families together,” said Trump who said he didn’t like the “sight” or “feeling” of children separated from their parents.


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