The crisis has reached the point that the usually silent first lady Melania Trump and former first lady Laura Bush have joined the public pushback. The order does not end a 10-week-old "zero tolerance" policy that calls for criminal prosecution of immigrants crossing the border illegally.
"It's about keeping families together", Trump said at the signing ceremony.
Videos of youngsters in cages and an audiotape of wailing children have sparked anger at home from groups ranging from clergy to influential business leaders, as well as condemnation from overseas.
But Nielsen is on her way to the White House to discuss the issue with the president's team, according to one of the people. "I'll be doing something that's somewhat preemptive and ultimately will be matched by legislation", Trump said.
This is all the more true now that ORR, in another draconian policy change, has begun working hand in hand with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The Journal talked to a vice president of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, who took 150 children that were separated from their parents with foster families around the country. I consider it to be a very important executive order. If those options are exhausted, authorities must find the "least restrictive" setting for the child who arrived without parents. "If the president thinks placing families in jail indefinitely is what people have been asking for, he is grossly mistaken", said Anthony Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union.More news: England World Cup game beats royal wedding in TV ratings
"I am appalled by the reports and images from detention facilities in Texas and other states along the border, where more than 2,300 children have been separated from their parents by border patrol agents", Lee wrote in a letter to the United Nations.
US Customs and Border Protection said on Tuesday that 2342 children had been separated from their parents at the border between May 5 and June 9.
"But we have to do more than say 'this isn't who we are", Obama wrote. "Tomorrow, the House will vote on legislation to keep families together".
Trump has made a tough stance on immigration central to his presidency. POTUS, Nielsen and others were not telling the truth when they previously claimed only Congress could stop family separation. We are also going to count on Congress, obviously, but we are signing an executive order in a little while. If our Republican colleagues, and the Republican leadership in particular, want to solve this problem, they ought to be directing their attention to the other side of Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House because that's where it can get done, done well, and done quickly, he said.
More than 2,000 minors have been separated from their families since early May. "Bottom line is this: We are going to take action to keep families together while we enforce our immigration laws".
The aim is to legally work around a settlement that prevents the detention of families together for more than 20 days, or defy the order and force it back into court to argue for changes to settlement. In the past, the government released entire families once the clock ran out. The decision did not state parents must be released.