>> So we're keeping families together, and this will solve that problem.>> President Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order to end the practice of separating migrant children from their parents, after worldwide condemnation.>> Nobody's taken care of it. Nobody's had the political courage to take care of it.
But we're going to take care of it.>> Under the order, immigrants families who illegally cross the southern border will be detained together. But a White House official said it will not end the administration's so-called zero tolerance policy.>> Thank you for your leadership, sir.>> Less than 24 hours earlier, Trump's Homeland Security chief was heckled at a Mexican restaurant.
Former President Barack Obama, in a Facebook post, said, quote, to watch those families broken apart in real time puts to us a very simple question. Are we a nation that accepts the cruelty of ripping children from their parents' arms, or are we a nation that values families, and works to keep them together?
Criticism coming from America's closest allies, as well.>> The pictures of children being held in what appears to be cages are deeply disturbing. This is wrong.>> British Prime Minister Theresa May weighing in on the controversy. So did Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who called the policy unacceptable.
And while Jeff Sessions may have used the Bible to defend the zero tolerance policy, one notable authority on the sacred book had a different interpretation. In an exclusive interview with Reuters, Pope Francis said he supported recent statements by US Catholic Bishops who called the separation of children from their parents quote, contrary to our Catholic values and immoral.
A Reuters/Ipsos national opinion poll finds fewer than one in three American adults support the policy that has left thousands of children without their parents at US detention centers