As children can not legally be jailed with their parents, they are kept in separate facilities.
He said the administration "should use all tools available to stop needless family separation without delay, and Congress should act swiftly to address the serious challenges facing our nation's immigration system". That's what he did on Wednesday.
"We're going to keep families together but we still have to maintain toughness or our country will be overrun by people, by crime, by all of the things that we don't stand for and that we don't want".
The order aims to keep families together while they are in custody, expedite their cases, and ask the Department of Defense to help house families.
President Donald Trump said he would be signing an executive order later Wednesday that would end the process of separating children from families after they are detained crossing the USA border illegally.
He said if families are released into the United States together after they apply for asylum, they often fail to show up to their court dates.
Secretary Nielsen's remarks on Monday came during a contentious briefing at the White House, and seemingly echoed Trump's own belief that Congress is responsible for fixing his administration's policy.
On Wednesday afternoon, congressional Democrats gathered on the Capitol steps to protest the practice of child separation. They don't care about crime and want illegal immigrants, no matter how bad they may be, to pour into and infest our Country, like MS-13.
"We have to get the Democrats to go ahead and work with us because as a result of Democrat-supported loopholes in our federal laws, most illegal immigrant families and minors from Central America who arrive unlawfully at the border can not be detained together or removed together - only released", he said.
The president's "zero tolerance" immigration policy announced in May mandated universal prosecution of adults who enter the country illegally. Ryan has stated he does not support separation of families. Lawmakers say Trump told them to send him a bill, but some say he didn't express a preference between a compromise bill that includes protections for Dreamers along with border wall funding, or a more hardline bill. Nielsen was heckled at a restaurant Tuesday evening and has faced protesters at her home. Instead, after the adult is charged, children are held briefly by Homeland Security officials before being transferred to Health and Human Services, which operates more than 100 shelters for minors in 17 states.
"Very important. We're going to be signing an executive order".
"This is a federally contracted facility", Nelson said, accusing the administration of a "cover-up". The official did not know what prompted Trump to change course.
The executive order says the government will prosecute everyone who crosses the border illegally. "Parents shouldn't break the law with their children". They crossed through Mexico to reach the US border.
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