Given those figures, the centers would be full within eight days. That's what he did on Wednesday.
The Trump administration has been under increasing pressure from the public, religious leaders and Democrats in Congress, as well as most Republicans to end the practice of separating children from parents at border detention facilities.
Wednesday's executive order did not end the administration's "zero tolerance" policy.
Despite the order, there was no plan in place to reunite the thousands of children already separated from their families, according to multiple U.S. media reports, citing officials from the Health and Human Services Department. For this reason, the National Domestic Workers Alliance is calling for people across the country to mobilize "like never before" for planned nationwide protest against the Trump administration's family separation policy on June 30.
Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, said Mr. Trump shouldn't get credit for addressing a problem that he created.
It's also unclear what will happen to the children already separated. One White House official said Mrs. Trump had been making her opinion known to the president for some time that she felt he needed to do all he could to help families stay together, whether by working with Congress or acting on his own. "This is not the UK's approach", May told British lawmakers on Wednesday.
Trump said under current law, only two policy options are available: "Totally open borders, or criminal prosecution for law breaking". The move comes amid outrage over reports of immigrant children being permanently separated from their parents and sent to separate detention facilities.
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It does not require the government to stop separating families.
By reversing the family separation policy but continuing to aggressively prosecute adult undocumented immigrants ― while detaining their children alongside them ― the Trump administration could be setting itself up for a legal battle with human rights activists over the Flores agreement.
Trump backed down as House Republicans hit a stalemate on the broader immigration legislation and the Senate was still in negotiations on a narrowly focused bill to keep families together. She was heckled at a restaurant Tuesday evening and has faced protesters at her home.
But others pushed back on the idea that Homeland Security had led the rollback.
The president's new executive order is clear: The incarceration of parents and children will continue-and likely expand. "There's lots of ways to do it and I'm not picky but I'd like to see us try to preserve families while we also uphold the law".
Trump also ordered the Justice Department to expedite the adjudication of cases involving families with children when possible. A senior Justice Department official said that hasn't changed. If those options are exhausted, authorities must find the "least restrictive" setting for a child who arrived without parents. Administration lawyers will petition a Los Angeles-area federal court to modify that settlement and allow kids to be detained for longer with their parents. Under a decades-old court settlement, criminal detention centers-or jails-can't be used to hold children.
Mr. Trump's abrupt reversal on family separation wasn't surprising given his soft spot for children and visceral reaction to photographs of children in peril, said a source close to the president.