It’s reported that nearly 1,800 immigrant families have been separated at the U.S.-Mexico Border in the last 17 months.
The separations reportedly occurred from October 2016 through February 2018, according to a senior government official. The separations are due in part to President Trump’s strict border enforcement policies that have been implemented since the start of his presidential term.
The numbers are the first that show how many families have been affected by Trump’s new policies. A government official, who wanted to remain anonymous, admitted that the number of separations has risen in recent weeks, largely because of new administration policies.
A U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) official testified that just last month 658 children were separated from 638 parents because of the increased prosecutions. This brings the total of officially acknowledged separations to more than 2,400, without including recent weeks.
On Friday, Senator Dianne Feinstein, the senior Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and 26 other Democrats along with two independents introduced a bill that puts new limits on federal law enforcement’s ability to separate immigrant children from their families unless a court decides that would be best for the child.
According to the bill, it states that a minor cannot be removed from a parent or legal guardian
“solely for the policy goal of deterring individuals from migrating to the United States.”
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