Trump Administration Separates Children From Their Parents Requesting Asylum at the Border
Trump Admin separating children at border
A.According to a New York Times article, hundreds of immigrant children are being separated from their parents who are seeking asylum at the border. Since October, approximately 700 children have been separated from their parents. This is in response to the Trump administration cracking down on the *zero-tolerance* policy first introduced in 2005. Attorney General Jeff Sessions stated that the policy will impose potential criminal charges on those caught crossing the border unlawfully; particularly those who have been deported in the past.
B.The policy requires that those detained at the border to be sent directly to federal court. Should their children be present, they are to be placed into custody of the Health and Human Services* Office of Refugee Resettlement. Once detained, children cannot be released until the government is able to
provide a guardian for them and will remain in federal facilities until they are able to do so. While officials say they aren*t deliberately trying to separate families, the aim of these new measures is to deter illegal border crossings.