NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Late Wednesday afternoon, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to detain immigrant families together instead of separating them at the border.
Here in East Texas, Texas Representative Travis Clardy agrees with Trump's actions.
"I think it's appropriate that they be detained together, and then again, we follow our rules and laws if they're seeking asylum, and they've gained access to our country legally."
The executive order stated that people will still be prosecuted for crossing the border illegally but added that families should be kept together.
Clardy once again agreed with this but added that there's another aspect involved in this issue.
"Americans want to see families whole and intact," Clardy said. "Really the distinction comes with how we enforce our laws."
The order requests a piece of legislation known as the "Flores Settlement" be modified from prohibiting children from detention facilities.
"I think there are some, as President Trump put it, loopholes," Clardy said. "They're are always unattended with legislation, things that you thought you resolved, and, in fact, you created more problems."
However, Clardy argued that any motive should be from a nationalist standpoint.
"It is time that we address our immigration policies in this nation, and it's important we put our national interests first," Clardy said. "I think that's what we should do."
Clady said there should be a humanitarian focus as well.
"As a people that other people look to around the world for leadership, we need to do it in a fair and humanitarian, and if I can use the word, loving way."
On the other side of the aisle, Alec Johnson, District 11's Democratic candidate for the upcoming state representative election, stated that he felt called to service on behalf of the children and families affected.
Johnson added that to really serve the people, the "political machine" as he called it needs to stop.