On this episode of Fronteras, Roopika Risam, assistant professor of English and faculty fellow for digital library initiatives at Salem State University in Salem, Massachusetts, joins us to talk about the impact of the Trump administration's zero tolerance policy.
The Department of Homeland Security reported an 18 percent decline in apprehensions at the border and attributed the drop to the Trump administration’s new zero tolerance policy, which aims to prosecute every person who crosses illegally into the U.S.
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However, the number of families crossing illegally jumped from 2,322 in June of 2017 to 9,449 in June of 2018. The number of unaccompanied children tripled during that same period, from 1,949 in June of 2017 to 5,115 in June of 2018.
Despite orders from a federal judge to reunite separated families within 30 days, migrants remain in detention centers run by Immigration and Customs Enforcement or Health and Human Services.
Roopika Risam, assistant professor of English and faculty fellow for digital library initiatives at Salem State University in Salem, Massachusetts, is a member of the team that created Torn Apart. Risam joins us on Fronteras to talk more about the project.