immigration policy

Trump Immigration Policy

Jun 19, 2018
U.S Customs and Border Protection / CBS News

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.

Immigration Policy Separating Parents from Children

May 10, 2018
Edith Espinal speaks to an audience at Columbus Mennonite Church.
Adora Namigadde / WOSU

On Monday, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a "zero tolerance" policy for immigrants entering the country without documentation. 

As a result of similar recent federal actions, immigrant parents have been separated from their children -- often U.S. citizens -- and have been forced to turn to other avenues for support, including churches.

One such religious institution includes the Columbus Mennonite Church, which recently allowed Edith Espinal of Mexico to be the first undocumented immigrant to take sanctuary in Ohio's capital. 

Today we discuss the consequences of the new administration's immigration policies on families and on U.S. attorneys who anticipate a further decrease in the amount of time they can spend prosecuting major crimes.