President Trump Signs Executive Order on Migrant Families CSPAN June 20, 2018 4:02pm-4:09pm EDT
they will gavel back in shortly the committee in recess for a series of votes on the house floor with the budget committee to resume considering deliberations on the 2019 budget resolution marking up the fiscal blueprint for 2019. a meeting today. one set for tomorrow. we'll have live coverage when they resume. meanwhile, the issue of the president's zero tolerance border policy continues to be a part of the discussion on capitol hill, and just a short while ago at the white house with the president signing an executive order dealing with the migrant children who have been separated from their families at the border saying in part in that -- in that executive order it is the policy of this administration to maintain family unity, including by detaining alien families together where appropriate and consistent with law. here's the president from a short while ago.
that -- in that executive ord thank you very much. we're signing an executive order. i consider to be a very important executive order. it's about keeping families together while at the same time being sure that we have a very powerful, very strong border and border security. it will be equal if not greater than previously, so we're going to have strong, very strong borders, but we're going to keep the families together. i didn't like the site or the feeling of families being separated. it's a problem that's gone on for manears a you know, through many administrations, and we're working very hard on immigration. it's been just left out in the cold. people haven't dealt with it, and we are dealing with it, so step by step, just like we dealt with north korea, we dealt with
iran. we dealt with an economy that was heading in the wrong direction, we've dealt with a lot of different problems. this is one that has been gone on for many decades so we're keeping families together, and this will solve that problem. statemen at the same time, we're keeping a very powerful border. it continues to be a zero tolerance. we have zero tolerance for people who enter our country illegally. with that i would ask mike pence, vice president, if he would like to say anything. >> thank you, mr. president, and i think what the president has made clear is we believe it's a false choice between whether we are a country of law and order, a country with borders and a country that demonstrates the compassion and the heart of the american people and respect for families. by taking this action, the president will make it possible for us to continue to engage in enforcing the law against individuals who violate our law, come into our country illegally, but now we'll be able in that
prosecution in the immediate days forward to keep families together as that goes forward, but we are calling on congress to change the laws in this regard and in a broad range of areas that will secure our borders and give us strength and confidence that we're once again going to take the steps necessary to end the crisis of illegal immigration in america. >> i think the word compassion comes into it, but it's still equally as tough if not tougher. secretary nielsen, would you like to say something. >> i look forward to your leadership. we look forward and expect the thousand act later this week. we ask them to do their job. the laws need to change. this is a problem that presidents after presidents has democrat with for decades. this president is willing to stand up and work on it. we ask that congress do their job. >> thank you very much. great job. okay. you're going to have a lot of happy people.
>> thank you. >> mr. president, why did you wait so long to sign this. >> this has been going on for 60 years, 60 years. nobody has taken care of it. nobody has had the political courage to take care of it, but we're going to take care on it. it's been going on for a long time. >> [ inaudible ]. >> the border is just as tough. if you look at some of the horrible scenes from a few years ago, to me they were horrible scenes. they were just terrible, and that was during the obama administration. other administrations have had the same thing. we're keeping the family together, and so this is it, and also there may be some litigation. we're also wanting to go through congress. we will be congress through congress. we're working on a much more comprehensive bill.
a lot of good things are happening towards immigration and proper immigration, but we have to have strong borders and ultimately we want to see it done right, and it will be done right, but what we have done today is we are keeping families together. the borders are just as tough, just as strong. they can come in through ports of entry if they want. that's a whole different story, and that's coming in through a process, and the process is what we want, so i want to thank you all very much. i think this is something -- [ all shouting at once ] >> thank you. >> thanks, everyone. >> thank you very much, everybody. twhe e we'll get the wall done. >> did ivanka trump show you photos about the photos? >>/advantagea feels very strongly, i feel very strongly about it. i feel very strongly about it. i think anybody with a heart would feel very strongly about it. we don't like to see families separated. at the same time, we don't want
people coming into our country illegally. this takes care of the problem. thank you very much. thank you. [ all shouting at once ] >> thank you very much. thank you. thank you very much. thank you. president trump from within the hour. he has since departed for duluth, minnesota, a rally tonight that will be live over on c-span2, 7:30 eastern. npr reports there was a private lobbying norse behind president trump's change of heart on his controversial policy that resulted in thousands of family separations at the southern u.s. border. first lady melania trump, a white house official confirmed to npr's sarah mccamman that mr. trump pressed her husband to act to keep undocumented immigrant families together.
it was tweeted that president trump after signing the executive order to keep immigrant families together, secretary nielsen has arrived at capitol for meetings with house republicans. meanwhile, politico's rachel baie and john bresnahan reporting that house republicans plan to vote thursday on dualing immigration passes. both are expected to fail right now, delivering an embarrassing defeat to gop leadership as the party struggles to address the family separation crisis at the border. they write that president trump was unable to convince wary conservatives to back a carefully crafted, quote, compromise immigration practice during his address to gop lawmakers tuesday night so republican leaders are engaging in a frantic last-minute whipping effort to move votes. we're waiting for the budget committee to resume their deliberations on the budget resolution for 2019. we'll have it live here on c-span3 when it starts. until then, today's prime minister'sst