The order was signed at the White House on Wednesday with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Vice President Mike Pence. However, the administration's "zero tolerance" policy of prosecuting illegal border crossings remains in place, meaning families can still be held in detention centers.
According to section one of the new order, the administration will continue to prosecute crimes of "improper entry" and "maintain family unity, including by detaining alien families together where appropriate and consistent with law and available resources."
As news broke, celebrities took to social media to voice their opinions and continued concerns.
"Today an Executive Order was signed to stop parent and child separation at the border. Unfortunately, it doesn't help the thousands of children that have already been forcibly removed from their families," Julianne Hough shared in an Instagram post. "I love you all and I ask you to consider how we can be better together, and today I believe that means helping these kids get back to their parents arms. #familiesbelongtogether."
John Legend retweeted a post from Congressman Dan Kildee, which read, "We shouldn't congratulate @RealDonaldTrump on being forced to end his own cruel policy that separates children from their families. Thousands of children have suffered & will forever be scarred by the Trump Administration’s inhumane separation of families. #FamiliesBelongTogether."
We shouldn't congratulate @RealDonaldTrump on being forced to end his own cruel policy that separates children from their families. Thousands of children have suffered & will forever be scarred by the Trump Administration’s inhumane separation of families. #FamiliesBelongTogether
Nicki Minaj also spoke up, reminding fans that she "came to this country as an illegal immigrant @ 5 years old."
"I can't imagine the horror of being in a strange place & having my parents stripped away from me at the age of 5. This is so scary to me," she said. "Can you try to imagine the terror & panic these kids feel right now? Not knowing if their parents are dead or alive, if they'll ever see them again..."
Trump's 36-year-old daughter, Ivanka, also weighed in, thanking her dad for "taking critical action" by ending family separation at our border.
"Congress must now act + find a lasting solution that is consistent with our shared values; the same values that so many come here seeking as they endeavor to create a better life for their families," she tweeted.
Thank you @POTUS for taking critical action ending family separation at our border. Congress must now act + find a lasting solution that is consistent with our shared values;the same values that so many come here seeking as they endeavor to create a better life for their families
In London Saw BBC NEWS 2day &Journalists said,”even though trump signed executive order ( he could have signed at anytime,he initiated it)HE WONT B ABLE 2 PUT EVERY FAMILY BACK 2GETHER AGAIN. BBC SAID THEY WONT B ABLE 2 FIND EVERY CHILD. HOW WILL trump LIE HIS WAY OUT OF THIS SIN
That pen you just used to sign that executive order, which, by the way, what the fuck’s up with showing it to the room like it’s a Dr Seuss book, that ain’t a magic wand. How the fuck do you find the parents of the 3,000 kids you ripped them from. U shit the bed!
If Trump does order the end of family separation today, maybe don’t invite Trump surrogates on TV to talk about how he bravely and compassionately took action to end the thing he could have ended at any time prior to now
George and Amal Clooney also spoke out, revealing in a statement on Wednesday that they were donating $100,000 to the Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights from their Clooney Foundation for Justice.
"At some point in the future our children will ask us: is it true, did our country really take babies from their parents and put them in detention centers?" their statement read. "And when we answer yes, they'll ask us what we did about it. What we said. Where we stood. We can't change this Administration's policy, but we can help defend the victims of it."
Kristen Bell, Jimmy Kimmel, Anne Hathaway and Reese Witherspoon are just a few of the other names from the long list of Hollywood stars who have encouraged their fans to take action. Hear more on what they've said (and what you can do to help) in the video below.