The president directed the Department of Homeland Security to detain families together so long as children are not put into danger.
"So we're going to have strong - very strong borders, but we're going to keep the families together".
Colorado representative and Member of Congress Diane DeGette tremendous pressure on Trump led to the reversal of the family separation policy.
While he did not mention Trump by name, Obama did ask in a Facebook post if the United States was a country that "accepts the cruelty of ripping children from their parents" arms, or are we a nation that values families'. "And we will have that, at the same time, we have compassion, we want to keep families together".
I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our global boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel. Other recent rulings, upheld on appeal, affirm the children's rights to a bond hearing and require better conditions at the Border Patrol's short-term holding facilities.
"The order says the Department of Homeland Security and not the Justice and Health and Human Services Departments, as under previous policy would have continuing responsibility for the families". It seems the anti-immigrant hard-liners have chose to fight Flores, the result being the incarceration of families for weeks or even months.
It will see immigrant families being detained together while their applications are considered and gives priority to cases involving families.
The groups, which may stage protests at other detention sites in Brownsville and Tornillo, say that it's "highly unlikely" that Walmart didn't know the building would be used to house children separated from their families at the southern border.
Indications of a potential shift in administration thinking came an hour after Speaker Paul Ryan said the House would vote Thursday on a compromise between conservative and Republican senators that would address the issue of family separations.
It comes amid widespread condemnation of President Trump's zero-tolerance policy on migrants at the U.S. southern border after emotive footage showed deeply distressed children crying for their families.
"Trump said that even with the change, border enforcement will be "equally tough, if not tougher".
A spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human Services - which is responsible for housing and caring for the already separated children - told NBC News it has no new orders on how to handle the children in its custody. They were kept in separate facilities - described as cage-like - as their parents underwent legal process pending deportation back to their countries.
It also moves parents with children to the front of the line for immigration proceedings, although it does not end the "zero tolerance" policy that calls for criminal prosecution of immigrants crossing the border illegally. They crossed through Mexico to reach the US border. The decision did not state parents must be released.