Pres. Trump denies return to family separations

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(NBC News) President Trump said Tuesday his administration will not return to the controversial policy of separating migrant families at the southern border.

“We’re not looking to do that now,” Mr. Trump said.

Still, he praised the policy as effective.

“Once you don’t have it, that’s why you see many more people coming – they’re coming like it’s a picnic, like let’s go to Disneyland,” the President said.

That highly criticized policy, ended last year by executive order, was carried out by outgoing Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who has since resigned under pressure from the president.

Sources say Mr. Trump had repeatedly urged her to reinstate family separations.

There are now at least six vacancies within the department’s leadership.

President Trump denies he’s carrying out a purge at Homeland Security.

“I never said I’m cleaning house – I don’t know who came up with that expression. We have a lot of great people over there,” Mr. Trump told reporters. 

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