President says he will sign executive order to keep families together

ICT editorial team

No details, but White House says measure will preserve 'toughness' at the border

Indian Country Today

President Trump said on Wednesday he will sign an executive order to address zero tolerance enforcement on the border and end family separations.

"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," President Donald J. Trump said.

"The dilemma is that if you're weak, if you're weak, which some people would like you to be, if you're really, really pathetically weak, the country's going to be overrun with millions of people," Trump said. "And if you're strong, then you don't have any heart. That's a tough dilemma. Perhaps I would rather be strong, but that's a tough dilemma."

The president said he would sign the measure Wednesday afternoon before leaving for Minnesota. He again called on Congress to enact comprehensive legislation that included border security.

Leading up to today's meeting the president had said he was bound by current law and that required families to be separated after a parent's arrest.