The Department of Homeland Security confirmed on Friday that nearly 2,000 children were separated from their parents during a six-week period earlier this year. The Trump Administration has enacted a 'zero tolerance policy' on those illegally crossing the border. While family members are prosecuted and held awaiting trial, the minors who accompanied them are being detained separately by U.S. Border Patrol.
Today, we discuss the policies allowing family separation and why they are in place.
- Josue Vicente, executive director, Ohio Hispanic Coalition, a non-profit organization serving the Hispanic/Latino community
- Ira Mehlman, national media director, Federation for American Immigration Reform
- Mark Krikorian, executive director, Center for Immigration Studies