Migrant Rights and Justice

Family Separation at the Border

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In May 2018, the Trump administration implemented a “zero tolerance” policy to prosecute and punish individuals apprehended between ports of entry. The policy has torn apart parents apprehended together with their children, making it a de facto family separation policy – something the Trump Administration has long threatened and been rumored to consider. The policy also follows on a growing trend of family separation that advocates have observed for months – including as documented in an administrative complaint and lawsuit

This backgrounder explains what’s happening with families at the border.

  • Modified: Monday, November 05, 2018
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