The guidance came days after President Donald Trump abruptly reversed course on his administration's decision to refer all adults caught crossing the border illegally for prosecution, including those with children - a decision that resulted in more 2,500 children being taken away from their parents in the nearly two months it was in place.
Following Trump's remarks, members of the so-called "angel families" shared stories about the deaths of their relatives.
Laura Wilkerson's 18-year-old son was murdered in 2010. She also said that visiting with the children was touching and the kids were in good spirits despite the hard circumstances. Details of the order are still being sorted out.
The Trump administration is working on a proposal that would allow immigrant parents to choose between being separated from their children or being put in detention as a family, according to a news report by McClatchy.
Mrs Trump sparked a firestorm of criticism over the $39 Zara khaki jacket with its daubed slogan which she wore to meet children who had been separated from their parents at a shelter in McAllen, Tx., Thursday.
One reunion took place Friday morning at Baltimore-Washington International Airport in Maryland. Meanwhile, a department of justice insisted prosecutions would continue.
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Demonstrations over the separation of families are planned for the weekend, including a rally today in Fort Worth, where the Texas Democratic Convention is being held, and a protest in Homestead, Florida. "And you're going to have to decide whether this is something that is important to you", said Vaughn. Right now, children can only be detained with their families for 20 days. A group of NY delegates checked in on the center Friday.
"I work with kindergarteners, some of these kids are younger than that".
"And that for me, nearly more than anything that has come out of the mouth of Donald Trump, strikes me as particularly twisted".
"Let's not sugarcoat this". In the past, the sheet said, many parents elected to be deported without their children.
"The president of the United States has just forcefully proposed the end of political asylum and no due process for migrants", Sherrilyn Ifill, president of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, tweeted in response.
Immigration attorneys also say numerous separated families are applying for asylum, a process which can take several months. "We can pass great legislation after the Red Wave!"
"We are bringing that bill to the floor", House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said, referring to legislation that has been postponed because of a lack of support among warring factions of the Republican Party.