Sky News has tweeted: “US President Donald Trump says he will sign an executive order to keep migrant families together at the border
US Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is thought to be in the process of drafting an order which would end the controversial practice of splitting children up from their parents when they arrive at the border without the necessary paperwork.
Mr Trump has confirmed thta he would be “signing something” stressing that he is keen to keep families togther.
Ms Nielsen, who was today booed after visiting a Mexican restaurant, according to the BBC, is believed to be on her way to the White House to discuss the situation with Mr Trump’s team.
Mr Trump’s apparent climbdown follows days of tough tweets on the subject, in which he pointed the finger of blame at rival Democrats.
Earlier today, he tweeted: “It’s the Democrats fault, they won’t give us the votes needed to pass good immigration legislation.
“They want open borders, which breeds horrible crime.
“Republicans want security.
“But I am working on something – it never ends!
Speaking in the White House cabinet room, Mr Trump said: “We’re looking to keep families together. Very important.
“We’re going to be signing an executive order. We are also going to count on Congress, obviously, but we are signing an executive order in a little while.
“We’re going to keep families together but we still have to maintain toughness or our country will be overrun by people, by crime, by all of the things that we don’t stand for and that we don’t want.
“So I’m going to be signing an executive order in a little while before I go to Minnesota but, at the same time, I think you have to understand, we’re keeping families together but we have to keep our borders strong.
“We will be overrun with crime and with people that should not be in our country.”