Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is reportedly drafting an order to end the Trump administration’s widely-criticized policy separating children from their parents when detained at the border — but it’s unclear if the president will sign it.
Jill Colvin, a White House correspondent for the Associated Press, reported on Twitter that the news agency’s sources informed them of the draft. In her report, she noted that Nielsen is said to be on her way to the White House to discuss it with the president who may be working on his own fix to the policy that’s drawn comparisons to Nazi concentration camps.
BREAKING: AP Sources: Homeland Security secretary drafting order to end family separation at border; unclear if Trump will sign it.
— Jill Colvin (@colvinj) June 20, 2018
According to one of the AP’s sources, “the secretary believes there is little certainty that Congress will act to fix the separation issue that has been dominating news coverage and she is trying to find a solution.”
“The order would ask the Department of Defense to help house the detained families,” Colvin’s report continued.
In recent days, the department’s family separation policy has drawn condemnation from both sides of the aisle. On Tuesday night, Nielsen herself was chased out of a Washington, D.C. Mexican restaurant by activists with the Democratic Socialists of America over the policy.