Trump caves in; ends migrant family separations policy

Jun 21, 2018, 6:35 AM EDT
U.S. President Donald Trump later called uproar over migrant policy a diversionary tactic by Democrats.
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Amid a global furore over his “zero-tolerance” immigration policy that forced the separation of undocumented parents and children, U.S. President Donald Trump yielded to public pressure and signed an executive order to put an end to the practice.

Trump, who said he was moved by the plight of separated families, later called the uproar over his immigration policy a diversionary tactic by Democrats attempted to deflect attention from a report into the FBI’s Hillary Clinton’s email probe, notes The Guardian.

The executive order, which excludes families already separated by the policy, brings some reprieve but faces legal hurdles while presenting challenges such as detaining immigrant children indefinitely, writes Reuters.