Obama appeared to be referencing the contentious debate in the USA over the administrations's zero-tolerance immigration policy, under which all individuals who cross the border illegally, including those who claim to seek asylum, are charged with unlawful entry.
Around 2,300 children, some as young as four, were separated from their families in the weeks since the controversial policy went into effect in May.
"We're going to have strong - very strong - borders, but we're going to keep the families together".
The executive order marks a major change for the president and his administration.
On Wednesday, Trump signed an executive order to end the separation of migrant families in detention. Under that policy, the administration has sought to prosecute as many border-crossing offenses as possible, including those involving families with children. You can find out more information on that and on locally organized events right here.
"At the same time we have compassion and want to keep families together".
Yet his executive order will surely face a legal challenge, since the left won't rest until it forces him to end his "zero tolerance" policy.
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"This is a tragedy that children are being separated from their parents", he said.
Under a previous class-action settlement that set policies for the treatment and release of minors caught at the border, families can only be detained for 20 days.
The plaintiffs argue that border agents and detention officials "sadistically tease and taunt parents and children with the prospect of separation, and doing so using words and tones indicating that Defendants' employees and agents enjoy the pain and suffering that the very idea of separation causes to parents and children".
Trump had tweeted earlier Wednesday, "It's the Democrats fault, they won't give us the votes needed to pass good immigration legislation".
Immigrant children outside a former Job Corps site that now houses them in Florida. In a speech Tuesday, he said congressional action was the way to resolve the issue.
In the meantime, the issue of family separation is pressuring Republicans to act as midterm elections loom.
Trump had repeatedly defended his immigration crackdown, including forcibly separating migrant children from their parents after they crossed the border.
A spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human Services - which is responsible for housing and caring for the already separated children - told NBC News it has no new orders on how to handle the children in its custody.
Families waiting inside Mexico to cross into the USA are increasingly nervous as reports of the child separations enforced under the Trump administration's "zero tolerance policy" sow fear and anger on the other side of the border. They are pairing children with unrelated adults, knowing adults who enter the United States with children won't be detained. They crossed through Mexico to reach the US border.