>> I didn't like the sight or the feeling of families being separated.>> President Trump rolls back his explosive policy, separating children from their parents at the US Mexico border, saying families will now be kept together when they're caught trying to enter the United States. But the underlying problem isn't going away.
I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington, where Trump is making an about face on one of his signature issues. Bowing to fierce pressure from all points of the compass, but he says he's keeping his zero tolerance policy in place, prosecuting all adults who enter the country illegally. That could set up a new problem, where to put all these people.
>> Nobody's taken care of it.>> The executive order signed by Trump would keep parents and children together at detention facilities, while officials decide whether to let them in the country or turn them away. Those families could be held indefinitely, further straining an immigration system that's already stretched thin, short of judges, guards and medical personnel, enlisting the military to help out.
Unclear at this point, how the administration plans to reunite the more than 2,300 children who have already been taken from their parents, since the zero-tolerance policy took effect in April. Many kept in wire cages and others in tent camps, sparking anger in the United States, and condemnation from Foreign leaders like UK Prime Minister, Theresa May.
>> This is wrong, this is not something that we agree with. This is not->> Trump reversed course after saying repeatedly that he did not have the power to do so. Saying only Congress can fix the problem.>> And it continues to be a zero-tolerance>> Critics charging that he was trying to use the crisis as leverage, to get lawmakers to pay for his signature border wall and scale back legal immigration.
>> This is so wrong.>> But democrats and many of Trump's own republicans refused to go along, saying family separation should not be used as a negotiating tactic.>> We will be going through congress. We're working on a much more comprehensive bill.>> Trump says, he wants congress to take action and the House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on two immigration bills on Thursday.
But at this point, it looks like the Republicans don't have enough votes to get either of them passed. So even as Trump backtracks on his controversial separation policy, the broader issue remains unresolved.