The order says the administration's policy is to now "maintain family unity, including by detaining alien families together".
Pictures and accounts of the separations sparked outrage and a rebellion among Republicans in Trump's own party, as well as global accusation that the USA was committing human rights violations. That settlement, reached in 1997, required the government to limit the time it kept unaccompanied minors in detention, and to keep them in the least restrictive setting possible.
The president's U-turn on the separation of children from their parents comes amid growing fury across the US's political spectrum over the detention of children, some as young as seven months old.
"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.More news: England World Cup game beats royal wedding in TV ratings
Until Wednesday, Trump claimed that Congress had the sole authority to end the child separation policy - by passing new legislation. You can find out more information on that and on locally organized events right here.
Trump did not end the "zero tolerance" provision of his policy that requires the prosecution of all unlawful immigrants as criminals. "They are seeking asylum alleging persecution in India, and it would be absurd for the Indian government to help them establish that", said a former Indian immigration official who did not want to be identified.
Mr Sessions announced a "zero-tolerance" policy to criminally charge and jail undocumented border crossers.
Under previous USA administrations, immigrants caught crossing the border for the first time tended to be issued with court summonses and released.
The report does not state whether other immigration centers could be converted into family centers or other resources that could be used to house detained immigrant families together.More news: Plane carrying Saudi Arabia's World Cup team catches fire
The children who have already been separated from their parents by Border Patrol agents reportedly range from infants to teens.
More than 2,300 children have been separated from their parents since April, when the Trump administration began prosecuting all illegal immigrants and taking away any youngsters they had brought with them. "This is very good compromised legislation that not only solves the child separation issue at the border, it also solves the border, it solves DACA, it solves a lot of our broken immigration parts".
Meanwhile in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio toured a facility in East Harlem that houses children separated from their parents.
The House of Representatives is expected to vote on two bills created to end family separations formally and deal with other immigration issues.
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"The Flores settlement prohibits the indefinite detention of children even with their families and any order to undermine this critical protection will be immediately challenged in court", said senior Democratic Senator Dick Durbin. "They really would like to have open borders where anybody in the world can just flow in, including from the Middle East, from anybody anywhere they can just flow into our country". They crossed the border on May 4 and presented themselves to border agents in San Ysidro, Calif. They are pairing children with unrelated adults, knowing adults who enter the United States with children won't be detained.
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