"We need first for them to totally change this policy of separating families".
Anastasia Tonello, president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association said the detention of families - parents and children - who pose no flight risk or danger to the community is simply "unacceptable, abrogates global responsibilities to refugees, and goes against our country's most fundamental values".
The policies of separating children from adults who are being prosecuted were in place during the Obama administration and date back to former president George W. Bush.
Until Wednesday, the president, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and other officials had repeatedly argued the only way to end the practice was for Congress to pass new legislation, while Democrats said Trump could do it with his signature alone. "Children belong with their families", he said.
House Democrat Juan Vargas participated in a loud and rare protest against a sitting president by US lawmakers inside the US Capitol.
Pictures and accounts of the separations sparked outrage and a rebellion among Republicans in Trump's own party, as well as worldwide accusation that the U.S. was committing human rights violations. The Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center said the order didn't go almost far enough.
Before the president signed the order, lawmakers from both parties, mindful of how frequently Trump reverses course - particularly on immigration, where he has repeatedly shifted positions within the course of hours - waited to see the details of what it would do.
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"We can enforce our immigration laws without breaking families apart", said House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-WI.
"We're advancing the cause even if something doesn't necessarily pass", Ryan told reporters Thursday morning.
Signing an executive order to reverse his own administration's practice would also be unnecessary since nearly everyone in Washington, apart from the President, agrees that he already has the power to end the separations any time he wants.
Republican Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, who represents the suburbs north of Philadelphia, issued a strongly worded statement on Monday but did not mention Trump, instead calling on Congress to act to stop the separation of families. Forty-one Republicans joined all the Democrats to defeat that bill, which would have funded President Trump's border wall, slashed legal immigration, and provided temporary legal status to some undocumented immigrants. The number of children separated from their parents and sent to HHS has increased to about70 per day.
In the House, Republican leaders scrambled to produce a revised version of the broader immigration bill that would keep children in detention longer than now permitted - but with their parents.
The national backlash over the Trump administration's immigration policy has given Democrats an immigration focus the entire party can rally around.
Under the order, the zero-tolerance policy will remain in effect.
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To address the rise of families being separated at the border, the measure proposes keeping children in detention with their parents, undoing 2-decade-old rules that limit the time minors can be held in custody.
The Flores settlement, named for a teenage girl who brought the case in the 1980s, requires the government to release children from custody and to their parents, adult relatives or other caretakers, in order of preference.
The issue struck an emotional chord, with accounts of children screaming and crying in facilities prepared for them. So if the Flores settlement is successfully amended, the families caught crossing the border illegally will be detained together. "We want the heart", he said, "but we also want strong borders and we want no crime".
But the chances of the bill passing are unclear as is the case with any bill dealing with the volatile issue of immigration.
"He mentioned that his daughter Ivanka had encouraged him to end this and he said he does recognize that it needs to end and the images are painful and he's looking for a legislative solution", CNN reported Florida congressman Carlos Curbelo as saying. Blame is also placed on the parents for putting their children in this position by illegally crossing borders with them.
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Pro-Europeans want to ensure there is some way of holding the government to account in what would be a crisis situation. Grieve said he did not want to leave such a situation to chance.