President Trump reportedly wanted to reform immigration entirely through his own executive order.
Tired of nothing getting accomplished, and lawmakers refusing to work together on what Trump feels is possibly our most important policy, the president was considering an entire immigration reform through his own executive order.
As reported by thehill.com
President Trump indicated to aides this week that he wanted to reform America's immigration system through an executive order before deciding on Wednesday to sign an order ending his administration's policy of separating migrant families.
The Washington Post reported that Trump, feeling pressure from the public on his "zero tolerance" policy, wanted to assuage criticism by signing a full immigration bill. One aide described the idea to the Post as a "pretty insane idea."
According to the Post, Trump was discouraged by government lawyers who said he was not able to issue such a broad rewrite of the immigration system. Trump then reportedly demanded aides produce an expedited executive order to curb public discontent with the family separation policy, which he then signed later Wednesday.
“We’re going to have strong, very strong borders, but we’re going to keep the families together,” Trump said at a signing ceremony Wednesday at the White House. “I didn’t like the sight or the feeling of families being separated.”
As he signed the order, the president added: “You're going to have a lot of happy people.”
Trump had faced pressure from both parties over a system he merely adopted from previous presidents. While Obama was never criticized over the policy which he had no problem in keeping, Trump was viciously attacked by the media, the Democrats, and even some Republicans. Media outlets and others are still claiming that it was Trump's own policy that separated children from their parents.
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