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DHS and two of its enforcement components did not offer insight into how the president's order will translate into action. We are also going to count on Congress, obviously, but we are signing an executive order in a little while.

"It is still very early and we are awaiting further guidance on the matter", Brian Marriott, a spokesman for the Health and Human Services Department's Administration for Children and Families.

"So we're going to have strong - very strong borders, but we're going to keep the families together. We will be overrun with crime and with people that should not be in our country".

The battle over immigration has been intensified by heartbreaking images of migrant children separated from families and complicated by opaque statements by Trump.

"You could be creating thousands of immigrant orphans in the United States that one day could become eligible for citizenship when they are adopted", Sandweg told NBC News this week.

Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives have not yet rounded up the votes needed to pass immigration legislation they plan to take up later on Thursday, a member of the House Republican leadership said.

"You need some deterrent so they don't think that anyone who wants to come across the border, as long as they have children, can do so. Republicans want security. But I am working on something - it never ends!"

Bowing to pressure from anxious allies, President Donald Trump abruptly reversed himself Wednesday and signed an executive order halting his administration's policy of separating children from their parents when they are detained illegally crossing the US border.

Trump's family apparently played a role in his turnaround.

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a Cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington, U.S., June 21, 2018.

Nielsen repeated her calls for lawmakers to act.

But others pushed back on the idea that Homeland Security had led the rollback. But, at least for the next few weeks, it would keep families together while they are in custody, expedite their cases and ask the Defense Department to help house them. They spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the effort before its official announcement.

The person said Trump called the Justice Department Wednesday morning asking for the draft order. Trump quickly reversed course to back the bill and swooped into the Capitol for a late huddle on Tuesday (Wednesday NZT) with Republicans.

In the Texas border city of McAllen on Thursday, prosecutors unexpectedly dropped charges against 17 immigrants who were due to be sentenced Thursday for improperly entering the US, according to Efren Olivares, a lawyer with the Texas Civil Rights Project, which has been interviewing adult immigrants to track them and their kids through separate government systems.

"I hate the children being taken away", Trump told reporters June 15. The president warned there are criminals who use children as tickets to enter the U.S. Other recent rulings, upheld on appeal, affirm the childrens rights to a bond hearing and require better conditions at the Border Patrols short-term holding facilities.

In a dramatic about face, the Trump administration will stop prosecuting migrant parents who cross the border illegally with children, a new report said Thursday. "The government has been faced with the choice of either splitting the family by detaining the parent and releasing the kid, or just letting the parent go too".

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