Though the language of the order blames Congress's "failure to act" for having to separate families in the first place, its signing comes after widespread resistance, including from Trump's own party and from national protests held last week under the banner Families Belong Together.
The president directed the Department of Homeland Security to detain families together so long as children are not put into danger.
It does not, however, address what happens to the children who have already been separated from their parents. Melania Trump has had several private conversations with her husband, pushing him to do all he can to keep families at the border intact, whether via a legislative route, or acting alone to stop the process, the official said.
The order also calls for a change to the 1997 court agreement, known as Flores, that requires children be released from immigration detention after 20 days. The group also filed a class-action suit in February in San Diego federal court over family separation of individuals seeking asylum and the judge set a hearing for Thursday to discuss the new White House executive order.
She also compared the family separations to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, considered one of the darkest chapters of American history. You can find out more information on that and on locally organized events right here.
"It may be easier to overturn the Flores Settlement than get Congress to pass something", said Mark Krikorian, director of the Center for Immigration Studies, a Washington think tank whose restrictionist views on immigration policy have won broad influence in the White House.
He then added it is this ability "to imagine ourselves in the shoes of others, to say 'there but for the grace of God go I, '" is not only "part of what makes us human" but part of who we are as Americans.More news: Mourinho furious about Premier League fixtures for next season
Let's not lose track in discussing legalities of the human toll that Trump's "zero tolerance" policy is taking.
Based on Homeland Security policy and what CBS News has seen in person, claims that all kids are being separated from their parents at the border is false. The administration detained families together, sometimes indefinitely, in an attempt to deter more illegal immigration.
"I am opposed to a procedure that separates parents and children", Le Pen said.
Benjamin Griveaux, a French government spokesman, said the separation policy showed that France and the United States "don't share the same values".
By supporting both measures without choosing one, and addressing topics other than immigration, Mr. Trump left an impression among House Republicans that he wasn't committed to either approach, an impression that Republican leaders sought to counter on Wednesday.
It comes amid widespread condemnation of President Trump's zero-tolerance policy on migrants at the USA southern border after emotive footage showed deeply distressed children crying for their families.
"Putting children in the same cages as their parents isn't a solution", said Jose Servin, an activist with the California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance.
"The U.S. authorities create different files for the children than for the parents, and it's very hard to follow up on those cases", Torres said.