US President Donald Trump said he would sign an executive action dealing with border security and separation of children from their families in detention centers for illegal immigrants.
“I’ll be signing something in a little while that’s going to do that,” Trump said on Wednesday morning. “I’ll be doing something that’s somewhat preemptive and ultimately will be matched by legislation I’m sure.”
It is unclear whether the “something” will be an executive order or a presidential memorandum, but the expectation is that Trump will sign it before departing for Minnesota, where he is scheduled to speak at a rally Wednesday evening.
On Tuesday, Trump met with congressional Republicans, urging them to pass a border security bill that would amend the current laws, which the Department of Homeland Security says require them to house minors in separate facilities from their parents who are being charged with crossing the border illegally.
Democrats have refused to support any of the proposed immigration bills in Congress, saying that Trump can fix the family separation issue through executive action.
“There are so many obstacles to legislation and when the president can do it with his own pen, it makes no sense,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told reporters on Tuesday. “Legislation is not the way to go here when it’s so easy for the president to sign it.”