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“U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a new “zero-tolerance” policy in April, saying the government would prosecute anyone attempting to enter the country unlawfully. Sessions also said last month that the government would separate migrant parents from their children, leading to an outcry among immigrant advocates after at least 600 children were separated from their parents in one month. ‘If you don’t like that, then don’t smuggle children over our border’ Sessions said.” What’s the next move? From Reuters: ICE To Send 1,600 Detainees To Federal Prisons.

+ Andrew Sullivan on the policy of splitting kids from parents at the border: “The children are separated from their parents in order to send a message to future illegal immigrants. Come here, and we’ll take your kids away. This was not a panicked measure, taken quickly, to avert a crisis. It was months under due consideration, with plenty in the Trump administration balking at the inhumanity of it all. These children are being traumatized to send a message. They are being used as a form of deterrence for others.”

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