"It's about keeping families together", Trump said at the signing ceremony on Wednesday, reports BBC.
Immigration advocates from the Border Network for Human Rights march to protest the administration's "zero tolerance policy" on immigration in El Paso, Texas, on June 19. And as the crisis at the border escalated, House GOP leaders added a provision to address the family-separation matter.
The abrupt action was reminiscent of Mr. Trump's decision in April 2017 to hold Syria's military accountable for a deadly chemical weapons attack that killed dozens of civilians, including small children who were shown on TV foaming at the mouth with lips turning blue.
That leaves to Republicans seeking to hold onto their seats in the midterms, and also retain control of Congress, the tough task of trying to seize on GOP voters' support for stricter immigration laws while avoiding the wrath from the unseemly practice of detaining children - even if they are with their parents.
As noted by Rutgers University research, there are about 2.8 million American children who were separated from at least one of their incarcerated parents. Every day brings more horrifying stories and images of the children who are being separated from their families at the border as a result of the administration's "zero tolerance" policy.
During the course of the week, governors of the US states of Colorado, Maryland, Rhode Island and NY ordered their state assets such as National Guard personnel or equipment be refrained from being used to support the Trump administration's mission to secure the US-Mexico border.
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Frustrated that even his political allies were questioning his heart, President Donald Trump determined early Wednesday he would break with days of his own misleading claims and end the practice of separating families at the border.
However, the effort to keep families united would be accomplished in a way that does not seem like a humane solution.
Citing a source familiar with the drafting of the order, Reid reported the order does not override the 1993 Flores v. Reno Supreme Court case, which says that detained migrant children can not be held in government detention facilities for more than 20 days.
The DHS will maintain custody of alien families during the pendency of any criminal improper entry or immigration proceedings involving their family members.
The other, a slightly less severe measure supported by the House leadership, would also restrict legal immigration, but wouldn't require E-Verify and provides a path to citizenship for dreamers.
The president had, for most part, struck a defiant note as he tried to use the plight of the children to force congress to pass a broader law enhancing border security, curbing family based immigration.
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"What President Trump did today was adopted a policy that expressly violates a federal court holding".
"There will not be a grandfathering of existing cases", the spokesman, Kenneth Wolfe, told the paper. He acted as it became clear that House Republicans were unable to reach consensus on either of two immigration bills they were considering that included provisions to halt family separations.
"His new executive order criminalizes asylum-seekers and seeks to indefinitely detain their children". Estimates put that number at about 2,300 children since zero tolerance began. "We left so that my family could be safe".
Trump admitted himself that the "sight" of the children being caged was a big reason for his decision.
Democratic lawmakers pressed for action.
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The plain truth is that the Trump administration considered the breaking of families to be one of the features of its policy on illegal migrants.