"I did not like the sight of families being separated", he said, at the signing ceremony but added the administration would continue its "zero tolerance policy" of criminally prosecuting anyone who crosses the border illegally. It also calls into question numerous administration's recent claims about the basis of the "zero tolerance" policy that was announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in April.
The plan, as described by administration officials, would keep families together in federal custody while awaiting prosecution for illegal border crossings, potentially violating a 1997 court settlement limiting the duration of child detentions.
Trump campaigned on stopping illegal immigration, including building a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border.
Also playing a role in his turnaround: First lady Melania Trump. John McCain (R-Arizona) condemned the border separations, Trump resisted calls to end the practice, insisting that it was Congress' job to fix a broken immigration system.
The House is scheduled to vote on a broader immigration package Thursday that also would allow the indefinite detention of immigrant families.
"It's the Democrats fault, they won't give us the votes needed to pass good immigration legislation. But I am working on something - it never ends!"
As it stands, Trump's "zero tolerance" policy refers all undocumented adults for criminal prosecution - a break with past administrations who limited criminal referral for most adults who illegally cross into the US with their juvenile family members.
Conservative Columnist and TV Commentator Charles Krauthammer Passes Away
He later became a panelist on PBS' "Inside Washington" and eventually joined Fox News as a political analyst. Conservative commentator and Pulitzer Prize victor Charles Krauthammer has died at age 68.
India Imposes Retaliatory Tariffs On US, Here's What's Targeted
For iron and steel products, the increase is at least 50 per cent of the existing rate (from 15 to upwards of 22.5 per cent). From lentils to path lab reagents, India's retaliatory tariffs seek to protect farmers and boost domestic industry equally.
President Trump Signs Executive Order To Stop The Separation Of Migrant Families
The person said Trump called the Justice Department Wednesday morning asking for the draft order. Neither, though, did it require parents to be kept in detention, apart from their children.
Earlier on Tuesday, the president tried again to blame Democrats for what he called "loopholes" in the law that require families detained for entering the country illegally either to be separated or released.
Although it was unclear if this is what Mr Trump is signing, he said he would be "signing something" and said he wants to keep families together.
Harris also noted that the executive order does not say anything about reuniting the more than 2,000 children who have been separated from the parents as part of the policy. Nielsen was heckled at a restaurant Tuesday evening and has faced protesters at her home. But, at least for the next few weeks, it would keep families together while they are in custody, expedite their cases and ask the Defense Department to help house them.
Planning at the Justice Department had been underway over the past several days to provide the president with options on the growing crisis, said the official, who, like others, spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the effort before its official announcement. He said "it's not easy, but populism is not the solution".
The business lobby, of course, does not have the power to restrain Trump and the Tea Party on its own, but it does have significant influence over Republican members of Congress who can. The last major surge of unaccompanied children was in 2014, when so many came at one time that the Border Patrol had to open temporary holding facilities and place kids in large cages without beds or blankets, much like it's doing today with kids who are split from their parents.
After a furor of interest that has rocked the social media world, almost every mainstream media outlet is playing video clips of distressed and crying migrant children held in temporary detention centers while their presumptive parents are either processed, investigated, or attempted to be found.
The policy of processing children separately from their adult accompaniment - if such accompaniment even exists, with many migrant children being sent unattended by their families to attempt the illicit border crossing - is to ensure that the children are cared for properly and not at risk of being assaulted or exploited by "coyotes", or smugglers paid for their services to help spirit children and families across the national border, according to ICE via NPR. The decision did not state parents must be released.