President Trump signed an executive order Wednesday afternoon stopping families from being separated when they seek asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border. Earlier the president said we are "strong" at the border and at the same time we have "compassion."
"I consider it to be a very important executive order," Trump said. "It's about keeping families together, while at the same time being sure 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 continued. "It's a problem that's gone on for many years, as you know, through many administrations. We're working very hard on immigration. It's been left out in the cold. People haven't dealt with it. We're dealing with it, step by step, like we dealt with North Korea, we dealt with Iran, we dealt with an economy heading in the wrong direction. We dealt with a lot of different problems. This is one that has been gone on more many decades."
"So we're keeping families together and this will solve that problem at the same we are keeping a very powerful border and it continues to be a zero tolerance. We have zero tolerance for people who enter our country illegally," the president added.
"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 a compassion and the heart of the American people with respect for families," Vice President Mike Pence said.