Ivanka Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday to thank her father, President Donald Trump, for signing an executive order to end family separations at the southern border of the U.S.:
Thank you @POTUS for taking critical action ending family separation at our border. Congress must now act + find a lasting solution that is consistent with our shared values;the same values that so many come here seeking as they endeavor to create a better life for their families
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) June 20, 2018
Ivanka Trump was previously criticized for not speaking out regarding the practice, though she had repeatedly stated her interest in bettering the lives of women and children in the past.
“Where is Ivanka in all of this,” Meghan McCain asked her fellow hosts on ABC’s “The View” on Tuesday. “She’s all for women and mothers, and she has a White House role and a job, and I’m sort of interested that her whole platform has been women and mothers, and she doesn’t have anything to say about this.”
“Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” host Samantha Bee also criticized Ivanka Trump for her silence on the issue in the days leading up to the executive order, though her response to the president’s daughter’s absence on the topic was heavily condemned for its harsh language.
President Trump signed an executive order shortly before Ivanka Trump took to social media on Wednesday that would halt the practice of separating migrant children from their families.
During the signing, he said he “didn’t like the sight or the feeling of families being separated” and said he still felt it is Congress’ responsibility to find a permanent solution on immigration.
“We’re signing an executive order,” he said. “I consider it to be a very important executive order. It’s about keeping families together while, at the same time, being sure that we have a very powerful, very strong border and border security will be equal, if not greater than previously.”