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The Tucson Sentinel
October 16, 2018

Sudden release of migrant families may spark new family separation program
By Paul Ingram

Following a public outcry, the Trump administration backed off on the policy, but not before at least 2,342 children were separated from their parents, an action that months later, still means children have not been reunited with their parents. Additionally, a review of CBP data from Amnesty International believes that the Trump administration began separating families in 2017, and split apart more than 6,000 families in an attempt to deter crossings. While the policy was called "zero tolerance," the administration may have actually targeted families for prosecution, according to data from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a nonpartisan research project supported by Syracuse University. Data showed that in May 2018, administration officials chose to prosecute parents with children over prosecuting adults without children, even though they were apprehended in even larger numbers.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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