Trump Administration Will Separate Parents From Children at Border

  • Trump Administration Will Separate Parents From Children at Border

Trump Administration Will Separate Parents From Children at Border

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Monday that the Department of Homeland Security will refer anyone caught entering the US illegally from Mexico to the Justice Department for prosecution.

This was stated by Sessions during a conference in Scottsdale (Arizona) on Monday, when he said that "if you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you and that child will be separated from you as required by law". "If you smuggle illegal aliens across our border, then we will prosecute you".

The most serious aspect of this new policy seems to be the fact that if an adult crosses the border with their children, they will be separated while waiting for the criminal proceeding.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen officially enacted the policy on Friday, according to a Department of Homeland Security official speaking on condition of anonymity. That's the highest number since December 2016.

The extreme family-separation measure, which had been reported to be under consideration in March, marks a dramatic shift from current policy, in which authorities generally try to keep detained families together by sending them to the same detention facilities.

"U.S. Attorney Adam Braverman and his team should be commended for quickly filing illegal entry charges for individuals apprehended along the southwestern border". First-time offenders usually face a federal misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in prison or fines.

Roughly 150 Central American migrants seeking asylum in the United States arrived at the border last week, fleeing violence, poverty and volatile governments in their home countries.

President Donald Trump and Cabinet members tracked the caravan and called it proof that more must be done to secure the border with Mexico, including building a wall. The woman's lawyers have used those statements as evidence in her case.

A month ago, Sessions ordered a "zero tolerance" policy aimed at people entering the United States illegally on the Mexican border. Last fiscal year, the number of immigration prosecutions declined 14 percent, to almost 60,000.

"We are not going to let this country be invaded".

The attorney general said he hoped Monday's decision broadcasts a similar message about the Trump administration's aim to crack down on illegal immigration.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story's headline misstated the agency that would prosecute those who cross the border illegally.