But the move leaves many questions unanswered.
US President Donald Trump agreed to sign an executive order on Wednesday ending the separation of migrant children from their parents at the border with Mexico, after claiming for days that he did not have the authority to do so.
The photo on the right was taken on June 17, 2018 at a border facility in McAllen, Texas, and was provided by the US Customs and Border Protection. Ryan has stated he does not support separation of families.
The Trump administration earlier this year began enforcing a policy that separated members of families that cross U.S. borders illegally.
What court orders is he talking about? However, it also creates a new legal headache for the administration over a 21-year-old class action settlement - known as the Flores settlement - mandating that families can be detained only for 20 days.
Republican leaders in the House are now trying to put together an immigration bill that will keep immigrant children in detention indefinitely, but housed with their parents.
He said his order would not end the "zero-tolerance" policy that criminally prosecutes all adults caught crossing the border illegally.
What else did Trump order?
Families would remain in the custody of the Department of Homeland Security, rather than having minors shifted to care under the Department of Health and Human Services.
However, Republicans, who have a majority in both the upper and lower house, have signaled that they may not have sufficient votes to pass the legislation.
"Beyond this one problem of immigration- you can mention the word "comprehensive" or you don't have to use it", Mr. Trump said.
"We will be going through Congress".
President Trump is reportedly signing an executive order to stop child separation. But as The Washington Post reports, few people are predicting either House measure will pass.
About a dozen people gathered for a protest against Walmart in Dallas on Wednesday, accusing the giant retailer of profiting from the detention of children separated from their parents at the southern border.
"The thought that any state would seek to deter parents by inflicting such abuse on children is unconscionable", al-Hussein said on Monday.
"There will not be a grandfathering of existing cases", Kenneth Wolfe, a spokesman for the department's Administration for Children and Families, told The New York Times on Wednesday.
The Trump administration blames previous administrations for lax border laws that entice immigrants to come to the United States, and also for a 2008 law that allows children to be taken into custody by HHS.
"The U.S. authorities create different files for the children than for the parents, and it's very hard to follow up on those cases", Torres said.
"I'm glad he's taking some action, but the real action ought to be - he ought to be engaged with us in meaningful immigration reform so we don't have this crisis in the first place", Sen.
Hours later, ACF spokesman Brian Marriott told reporters: "An ACF spokesperson misspoke earlier regarding the Executive Order signed today by the President. Whether our families crossed the Atlantic, the Pacific, or the Rio Grande, we're only here because this country welcomed them in, and taught them that to be an American is about something more than what we look like, how our last names sound, or the way we worship". "And we will have that, at the same time, we have compassion, we want to keep families together".
Some on the right are equally dismayed.
Typically former presidents refrain from criticizing the current administration, but the Trump presidency is anything by typical.