'Donald Trump signed an executive order to keep migrant families together on Wednesday before addressing supporters at a raucous rally to fiercely defend his hard-line immigration policies.
The US president ruled that families crossing the border will still be arrested and prosecuted, but they will be held together, rather than having the children taken away.
Signing the order, Mr Trump said: "I consider it 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 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 sight or the feeling of families being separated."
He also asked the department of defence to assist with sheltering the families, given the current state of overcrowding.
And he said Congress must seek to modify the Flores agreement - a 1997 ruling that meant that children cannot be held for more than 20 days.
"When an alien enters or attempts to enter the country anywhere else, that alien has committed at least the crime of improper entry and is subject to a fine or imprisonment under section 1325(a) of title 8, United States Code," the executive order reads.
"This Administration will initiate proceedings to enforce this and other criminal provisions of the INA until and unless Congress directs otherwise.
"It is also the policy of this Administration to maintain family unity, including by detaining alien families together where appropriate and consistent with law and available resources."'
Read more: Donald Trump signs executive order to end child separation policy before vowing 'border will be just as tough'
Did you like this article?
Thank you for your vote!
From our advertisers
'Renegade' - The Life Story of David Icke (Official Trailer) - 2019 - And where you can see it...
Question A Massive Israel Lobby Group? You Anti-Semite! - The David Icke Dot-Connector Videocast
From our advertisers