But there have been some questions and misconceptions about the story. The Justice Department has reassigned additional prosecutors to the border region to increase the number of migrants it charges with federal crimes, but one veteran border agent said it was "too early to tell" if the tougher enforcement measures were giving pause to migrants thinking of making the journey from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.
Last week, the ACLU released a report detailing hundreds of complaints of sexual abuse threats and other misconduct against children by USA border agents and contractors between 2009 and 2014, based on more than 30,000 pages of documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.
Anger over the issue reached a boiling point last week, when another old piece of news - this time from April 26 - resurfaced, prompting Trump critics to assail the government for losing track of 1,475 immigrant children.
Additionally, a spokesman for the Administration for Children and Families agreed with this concept and said: "When an unaccompanied alien child is placed with a sponsor, he or she ceases to be in the custody of the USA government and all HHS-provided subsistence - food, shelter, clothing, healthcare and education - ends at that point and the child becomes the responsibility of his or her parent, guardian or sponsor". Vox spoke with an immigration expert to discuss this process, Jennifer Podkul. When the refugee office made calls last to determine the whereabouts of 7,635 children placed with sponsors previous year, they learned that 6,075 children were still with their sponsors, 52 had relocated to live with a nonsponsor, 28 had run away, and five "had been removed from the United States". Often times when they call as a followup, illegal immigrants don't answer the phone.
In this June 18, 2014 photo, two female detainees sleep in a holding cell, as the children are separated by age group and gender, at a US Customs and Border Protection center in Nogales, Arizona. They showed up alone and were placed with sponsors. There's a lot happening at the southern border. In May, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a "zero tolerance" policy. Their argument is that that these separations have a positive justification, in that they supposedly deter families from crossing the border.
NOTE: Correction: A previous version of this post said that Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen had defended the Trump administration policy of detaining undocumented immigrants and separating them from their children as being "for the goal of deterrence".
Since the government acknowledged last month that the Trump administration had lost track of almost 1,500 immigrant children, the debate over what that means and who is to blame has roiled Twitter. At a congressional committee last month, however, it was determined that the government was "unable to determine with certainty the whereabouts of 1,475" minors after attempting to contact their sponsors in the last three months of 2017. Congress appointed the organization as the independent advocate for vulnerable children at the border.
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Also Thursday, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman visited Moscow for talks focusing on Syria. Israel has always been concerned about the Iranian buildup in Syria.
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If they were just separated for two days, that would be bad, but it wouldnt be almost as bad as what were seeing now, Lee Gelernt, the lead ACLU lawyer on this case, tells me.
At the border, Lee Gelernt, immigration attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), painted a starkly different picture, telling the Post that the real-world consequences of Trump's policies are "as bad as anything I've seen in 25-plus years of doing this work".
It's important to remember that the families being pulled apart by the new "zero tolerance" push are not the only immigrants being treated this way.
But there is no law requiring parents and children to be separated.
They should not be thrown in jail and separated from the very children they are trying to save. These documents date from 2009-2014. Macke then realized he was undocumented and arrested him to be turned into federal immigration officials, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
Customs and Border Protection called the report "unfounded and baseless", and said that the Department of Homeland Security's Office of the Inspector General had already completed an investigation without noting instances of misconduct. Your contrived photo ops are absurd", another added: "How lucky that you get to do that with your children. They circulated widely on Twitter this weekend, shared by Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau and activists Linda Sarsour and Shaun King, among others, Politico. He also received a presidential recommendation for a job with the Paris fire department.