10 things you need to know today: June 21, 2018

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President Trump signs an executive order on immigration
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1. Trump signs order ending migrant family separations

President Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order ending his administration's policy of separating undocumented migrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. The reversal came after a public uproar that included condemnation by lawmakers from both parties as well as all four living former first ladies. Trump's revised "zero tolerance" immigration policy will keep families together but still detain them pending prosecution for illegal border crossings, although a 1997 court settlement limits how long children can be detained. "So we're going to have strong, very strong borders, but we're going to keep the families together," Trump said. "I didn't like the sight or the feeling of families being separated." Trump's order did not address the plight of 2,300 children already separated from their parents.

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Harold Maass is a contributing editor at The Week. He has been writing for The Week since the 2001 debut of the U.S. print edition and served as editor of TheWeek.com when it launched in 2008. Harold started his career as a newspaper reporter in South Florida and Haiti. He has previously worked for a variety of news outlets, including The Miami Herald, ABC News and Fox News, and for several years wrote a daily roundup of financial news for The Week and Yahoo Finance.