After an anonymous official in the Trump administration told the Washington Post that they will stop prosecuting migrant parents who cross the border illegally with children, a spokesperson at the Department of Justice rebutted the claim. On Tuesday, a top official from the Department of Health and Human Services admitted they have no system in place to do so.
However, those caught will continue to face misdemeanor charges.
It was a dramatic turnaround for Trump, who has been insisting, wrongly, that his administration had no choice but to separate families apprehended at the border because of federal law and a court decision.
"And the last thing we want to do is have an incentive for illegal immigration and open borders".
Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., added, "The President's executive order together with the legislation I'm cosponsoring should put us in position to enforce the law at the border and do it in a way where we keep families together".
Videos of youngsters in cages and an audiotape of wailing children have sparked anger in the United States from groups ranging from clergy to influential business leaders, as well as condemnation from overseas, including Pope Francis.
"Beyond this one problem of immigration- you can mention the word "comprehensive" or you don't have to use it", Mr. Trump said.
He made the comment during a meeting with his Cabinet at the White House.
It would have merely authorized $25 billion for the border wall, without actually appropriating the funds - which the White House would prefer.
"The lawmakers have to sit down and they have to do something because our country can not continue to run like this", Mr Trump said.
He said: 'Ivanka feels very strongly.
Wednesday's move was the most significant policy reversal by Trump since he took office in January 2017.
"You need some deterrent so they don't think that anyone who wants to come across the border, as long as they have children, can do so".
An immigration overhaul backed by conservatives failed in the House on Thursday, as GOP leaders abruptly delayed a vote on a separate compromise measure amid party divisions.
Immigrant children now housed in a tent encampment under the new "zero tolerance" policy by the Trump administration are shown walking in single file at the facility near the Mexican border in Tornillo, Texas, US June 19, 2018.
The Associated Press reported that Attorney General Jeff Sessions is also asking a federal judge in the Central District of California to waive that rule.
"There has to be some substantial change in circumstances that merits a change in the agreement", said Gulasekaram.
After a downturn past year, since October, the number of migrants seeking to cross the southwest U.S. border from impoverished Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, as well as from Mexico, has surged.
What does the executive order mean for the plans of House Republicans to pass their own legislation to address the crisis?
Another question concerns the number of exceptions the Trump administration will allow to its policy of keeping parents and children together. "It's been heartbreaking to watch what's going on", said Frank Sharry, executive director of immigration reform group America's Voice.
US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said in a statement on Thursday it was taking "immediate steps" to implement the president's order and reunite the children with their parents. "We're working on a much more comprehensive bill", Trump said before signing the order. Trump blamed Democrats for the lack of current legislation sto address this issue.
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