The executive order directs Attorney General Jeff Sessions to ask a federal court for clearance "to detain alien families together throughout the pendency of criminal proceedings for improper entry or any removal or other immigration proceedings".
Leaders across the globe are slamming the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy that has seen thousands of migrant families separated at the US-Mexico border.
They also said families facing lengthy detention under the new executive order will be able to sue the Trump administration outside of the Flores framework.
The administration must end this gratuitous, cruel, and counterproductive policy that has brought such pain to innocent children and so much shame on this nation, Schumer said, adding that no law requires the separation of children from their families.
But the implementation of "zero tolerance" by the Trump administration has led to more prosecutions and, thus, more separations.
Senate Republicans were preparing to advance legislation that would prohibit the government from splitting up families apprehended after crossing the border.
Global organizations, human rights groups, and several countries have condemned the practice of family separations. He said families would move to the head of the line for processing.
Stories about devastated parents and traumatized children have spread throughout the national media for weeks, causing public outrage across the political spectrum.
"The United States will not be a migrant camp and it will not be a refugee holding facility", he said on Monday.
Are you are an immigrant who has been separated from your family at the border? She also worries that it's even more hard for families to pursue asylum claims while they are in federal detention.
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Petersburg for the World Cup qualifying draw. "I was welcomed here, and I have to say, and I've had the impression sometimes that time has stopped - I still feel part of it".
"It's about keeping families together, while at the same time being sure we have a very powerful, very strong border", Trump said.
"We're going to have very strong borders, but we're going to keep families together", he said.
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. "And border security will be equal, if not greater than previously".
He said he had been swayed by images of children who have been taken from parents while they are jailed and prosecuted for illegal border-crossing. I feel strongly about it.
Trump visited the Capitol on Tuesday to discuss immigration, and told House Republicans he is behind their rival immigration bills "1,000 percent".
"It's about keeping families together", Trump told reporters at the White House. Lara Trump, wife of the president's third oldest child, Eric, said Wednesday at a rally of 9,000 supporters in Duluth, Minnesota. "NOT ACCEPTABLE!" Trump tweeted in November. First Lady Melania Trump encouraged Trump to act on his own if Congress wasn't able to, a White House official said.
"Whether our families crossed the Atlantic, the Pacific, or the Rio Grande, we're only here because this country welcomed them in..." he said.
More than 50 people pushed strollers through the streets of Newark and gathered in front of the federal building where more than a dozen mothers breastfeed their babies Friday in a "Nurse-in" to protest the Trump administration's treatment of immigrant families.