Trump discussed immigration during remarks in front of the National Federation of Independent Business’s 75th anniversary celebration.
He says he’s requesting a “third option” from Congress that will allow officials to detain children and parents together as a family unit.
WATCH: Trump defends separating families at the border
A new “zero tolerance” policy from the Trump administration has led to a spike in children being separated from their parents at the border as they seek entry.
Under the policy, adults who try to cross into the U.S. illegally, many of whom plan to seek asylum, are placed in custody and undergo criminal prosecution.
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As the adults are being charged, their children are then separated and deemed to be unaccompanied minors. It’s estimated that around 2,000 children have been separated from their families since the policy began.
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Trump on Tuesday defended the policy, saying “we’ve got to stop separation of the families,” but says: “we can’t let people pour in.”
He’s argued that, “politically correct or not, we have a country that needs security, that needs safety.”
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— With files from Global News