Donald Trump signs executive order to STOP ‘cruel’ treatment of children being taken away from migrant families

Videos of youngsters in cages and an audiotape of kids crying for their mothers have quickly become a major crisis for the White House.

While signing the order, Trump said: “It's about keeping families together. I did not like the sight of families being separated.”

However, the brash billionaire added that his administration would continue its "zero tolerance policy" towards illegal immigration.

The US President, speaking to reporters earlier at the White House, said he hoped that his measure would be matched with legislation.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen drafted the executive action for Trump that will direct her department to keep families together after they are detained crossing the border illegally.

The effort to end the crisis for the Trump administration was outlined by two people familiar with Nielsen’s thinking who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the effort before its official announcement.

First lady Melania Trump has been pushing her husband behind the scenes to stop the splitting up of migrant families, according to a White House source, CNN reports.

Earlier this week, the Slovenian-born ex-model and mother-of-one spoke out against the controversial immigration policy.

A spokeswoman for Melania said: “Mrs. Trump hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform.

"She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart."

This comes as harrowing pictures reveal the miserable conditions endured by nearly 2,000 kids separated from their parents and put in detention camps under America's "zero-tolerance" immigration policy.

Aerial photos of one facility in Tornillo, Texas, show youngsters being marched between rows of austere tents pitched behind barbed wire in the desert near the Mexican border.

Other pictures show lone children and families held in metal cages at another processing centre in McAllen, Texas.


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