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August 2, 2018

Immigrant Parents With Children Were Targeted By Trump's Administration More Often, A Study Says
By Seth Millstein

The administration separated over 2,000 undocumented children from their families since May. In June, Attorney General Jeff Sessions claimed that family separation was a natural consequence of the administration's new policy of prosecuting every undocumented immigrant who crossed the border. But the study by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University found that in fact, the administration prosecuted less than a third of undocumented immigrants apprehended at the border during April and May. Furthermore, it showed that in at least some cases, the administration opted to prosecute immigrants with children over those without. In April, Customs and Border Patrol apprehended 24,299 immigrants with children and 4,536 without, and 8,298 of those adults were ultimately prosecuted, according to the study. The numbers the next month were similar: CPB apprehended 24,465 immigrants with children, 4,458 without, and 9,216 in total were prosecuted, the study noted.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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