Trump begrudgingly "caved" due to the backlash.
But, as it was all about holding the children hostage to get his demands...the order still pressures Congress to act quickly to avert the problems it delays and creates.
While the DOJ will continue to prosecute ALL adults crossing the border illegally, it keeps families together but only "where appropriate and consistent with law and available resources."
Parents can stay with their children in detention with DHS, but the catch is only to the "extent permitted by law and subject to the availability of appropriations."
BIG CAVEAT...THE FLORES AGREEMENT PREVENTS CHILDREN FROM BEING DETAINED AFTER 20 DAYS.
If not changed by the courts, families will still be separated after 20 days as long as the Flores Agreement stands. Prior administrations tried.
SO ALL OF THIS IS LIKELY BS.
Trump ordered Sessions to challenge the Flores Agreement's 20 day limit on child detention, setting up a lengthy litigation process that would seek the power to detain families indefinitely.
So instead of separating...jailing families indefinitely.
The order doesn't reunite families already separated. Existing policies put the onus on parents to find their children in HHS custody and "seek to reunite with them."
But, there isn't a process...
To expedite deporting the family (or giving them legal status), they'll cut the time before a judges hears cases "involving detained families."
It'll likely disadvantage them by giving no time to prepare.
The order also instructs federal agencies, especially the Defense Department, to begin to prepare facilities that could house the potentially thousands of families that will now be detained by the government.
This could mean that other familial entries DON'T COUNT AS FAMILIES...
"The Secretary shall not...detain an alien family together when there is a concern that detention of an alien child with the child’s alien parent would pose a risk to the child’s welfare."
So, it's a lot of nothing. This entire order is negated by this one provisions, and you can't sue them for failing to execute it.
I'm sure there are more things I didn't catch, so please feel free to comment or share links to anything I missed!