The effort would mark a dramatic turnaround for an administration that has been insisting, wrongly, that it has no choice but to separate families apprehended at the border because of the law and a court decision. "People haven't dealt with it, and we are dealing with it".
There are questions now about what Homeland Security will do with the families that cross over, and also how the government will reunite children with families.
Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Santa Clara, called the move "a very small nod towards decency" but argued that locking kids up with their parents "is not a solution".
"As a result, a long separation may occur", Silva said.
Sessions and the administration altered how it would prosecute immigrants who illegally crossed the southern border rather than going through a regulated port of entry.
And children at the shelters were found to be "hysterical, crying and acting out".
It comes as families try to make the border crossing in the United States illegally.
It's simple: don't break the law and you won't be separated from your children. The problem with consulate offices, however, is they may not have the resources to help the parents or they may not have an office in the same state as the children. Other sites include temporary tent housing at sites in Tornillo, which can house 20 children and two adults.
More than 2,300 children have been taken from parents since May 5 under the current policy.
"We want to solve this immigration problem", Mr. Trump said.
Under an executive order Trump signed Wednesday, immigrant families that cross the border illegally will be kept in detention centers together, potentially for months as their asylum cases proceed.
Trump said his immigration policy "continues to be zero tolerance".
Videos of youngsters in cages and an audiotape of wailing children have sparked anger in the United States from groups ranging from clergy to influential business leaders, as well as condemnation from overseas, including Pope Francis.
It prompted church groups, politicians and children's advocates to criticise the policy of separating children from their parents as inhumane.
The president said child smugglers, which he cited as a major reason behind that parent-child separation policy Tuesday, "use these children as passports to get into the country".