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El Salvador calls on Trump to end family separation policy

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El Salvador’s minister for Salvadorians abroad is calling on President Trump to end the “zero tolerance” policy that separates families at the U.S.-Mexico border. 

“As a government we reiterate our call on the United States to cease the separation of boys and girls from their families at the border,” Liduvina Magarin said in a statement, according to CNN. “Along with consuls of Honduras and Guatemala we are making a coordinated effort to give attention to the migrant population of these countries, detained on the southern border of the United States.”

{mosads}Magarin’s statement come as many Senate and House lawmakers move forward with legislation that would end the policy. However, it remains unclear what will emerge through Congress. Democrats have accurately said that Trump can change the policy on his own. 

El Salvador is one of the countries from which migrants who have been detained at the border have traveled. 

The country joined many countries and officials that have publicly rebuked Trump for the policy. British Prime Minister Theresa May said earlier on Wednesday that the policy was “wrong” and something her country did not agree with. The United Nation’s top human rights official has also called the practice abusive. 

Trump’s policy at the border resulted in thousands of children being separated from their parents from mid-April to the end of May. Trump has repeatedly defended the policy, saying that he doesn’t want the U.S. to turn into a migrant camp. 

But he said on Wednesday that he could sign an executive order that would address the fallout related to his administration’s policy. It’s also been reported that the Department of Justice has been working with Trump on executive order regarding the policy. 

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