Reid also reports that Sessions is expected to immediately ask a federal California judge to modify the Flores consent decree to permit the government to detain families together throughout the entire prosecution and deportation processes.
It is unclear how long this will take to litigate or whether the judges would be willing to permit indefinite detention of minors.
This means that Congress is still under pressure to reach a more lasting solution, and President Trump said that the administration would still be working with Congress to fix the problem.
CBS News’ Nancy Cordes reports that most lawmakers do not view the order as a permanent fix, and many believe that either congressional legislation will have to fill in the gaps, or the Trump administration will need to back down from its zero-tolerance policy.
The executive order does not undo or diminish Sessions’ zero tolerance policy, which has caused the spike in parent-child separations at the southern border.