Well, this is simply HORRIBLE.
According to Reuters, the Department of Homeland Security is considering forcefully separating adults and children who are apprehended illegally crossing the border together.
The report, attributed to three unnamed U.S. government officials, said part of the reason for separating children from the adults who cross with them was to discourage illegal family crossings.
Under such a policy, parents could be kept in custody while they await deportation, while the children would be kept under protective Department of Health and Human Services custody.
Prolonged detention of children is currently barred under a federal appeals court ruling, reported Reuters.
The measure could further Donald Trump’s campaign promise to end “catch and release,” a measure by which undocumented immigrants are allowed freedom within the United States while awaiting immigration proceedings.
Due to the lack of immigration judges, the wait for those proceedings can often take years.