Parents and children who together try to enter the United States illegally will no longer be separated at Mexican border.
It added: "Jailing parents and children is not a solution - it's posturing meant to deflect from the real issue".
It appears the "zero tolerance" policy has been curtailed, at least for the moment, based on emails obtained by CNN.
Cincinnati resident Andrew Pappas says he supported President Donald Trump's decision to separate children from parents who crossed the border illegally because it got Congress talking about immigration reform.
When Trump reversed course amid global outrage and signed an executive order on Wednesday to end forced separations on his own, they shrugged and blamed Congress.
Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein, of California, shared similar sentiments, tweeting: "It's extremely troubling that the president's executive order would require immigrant families with children to be detained indefinitely".
New York Mayor Bill De Blasio announced he would visit a camp in Tornillo, Texas, on Thursday that the government recently constructed to house immigrant children.
The short answer is: It's too early to tell. In a media call after the order was released, senior Justice Department official Gene Hamilton suggested that, absent new authority from a federal judge to detain children for longer than is now allowed, the practice of separating families may resume at the 20-day mark.
Under the current settlement agreement, the government can not hold illegal alien families together past 20 days, meaning a child must not be separated from its parent if the parent remains in custody.
More than 2,300 children were separated from their families at the border from May 5 through June 9, according to DHS. The Trump administration has pointed to that agreement-called the "Flores settlement" after Flores v. Reno, the case in which it was reached-as the reason it has said it must separate children from their parents.
Current laws including the Flores Settlement, he argued, simply encouraged people to enter the country with their children, expecting to be caught and then released into USA society.
But that information seemed to conflict with a statement from a division inside HHS.
"So we're going to have strong - very strong borders, but we're going to keep the families together".
"Our focus is on continuing to provide quality services and care to the minors in HHS/ORR (Office of Refugee Resettlement) funded facilities and reunifying minors with a relative or appropriate sponsor as we have done since HHS inherited the program".
May said Wednesday that images of children in cages were "deeply disturbing". Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has set up a hotline for parents to call after they are released from custody. "If we don't do it, you will be inundated with people and you really won't have a country", Trump said.
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It is horrifying that an American President would direct this cruel "zero tolerance" policy that contradicts our American values. Perhaps a bigger obstacle is that Republicans, now in control of Congress, have been deeply divided on immigration.
"These kids are well cared for", Azar said.
People who know the process fear it could be overwhelmed by the addition of thousands of more children.
"It's about keeping families together while ensuring we have a very powerful, very strong border", said Mr Trump.
Who will detain the families?.
Unlike in the past, adults will not be turned over to the Justice Department when they face criminal charges.
They believe Trump when he falsely claims that he has no choice but to enforce an existing law.
The order maintains an exception for when a child is at risk or there is concern the parent would pose a risk to the child's welfare. The "temporary detention policy" also is only in effect "to the extent permitted by law and subject to the availability of appropriations".
Where will the families be held?.
More: What happens next for undocumented immigrant families?
Ivanka Trump had reportedly advised her father as to the negative image being created by the pictures of the separations, and used Twitter to welcome the signing of the executive order.
The military would have no responsibility for any of the activities, defense officials say. Officials compared it to being a "landlord" but not responsible for the management of the housing, security, food services or other activities.
When will their cases be heard in court?
And the American Civil Liberties Union said the Trump administration "has made it clear" that it will "keep attacking immigrants" - effectively rejecting the executive order. But they're going to fail, just as they have so many times before.
Gene Hamilton, legal counsel to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, said the Justice Department will ask a court to allow the administration to detain families for longer than 20 days.