US President Donald Trump said that he did not like the sight of families being separated when, caving in to enormous political pressure on Wednesday, he signed an executive order to end the separation of families at the border by detaining parents and children together for an indefinite period. Pope Francis, on Tuesday, criticised the Trump administration’s policy of separating migrant families at the Mexican border, saying populism is not the answer to the world’s immigration problems. This does nothing to address the plight of the more than 2,300 children who have already been separated from their parents under the president’s “zero tolerance” policy.
“I didn’t like the sight or the feeling of families being separated.” Mr. Trump said as he signed the order in the Oval Office.
But ending the practice of separating families still faces legal and practical obstacles.