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'Zero Tolerance' Immigration Initiative Separates Families At Texas Border

David Martin Davies
TPR News

Immigrants illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border are subject to a new Trump administration policy which promises more severe prosecutions for unlawful entry.

As a result, families arriving with minors – mostly migrants escaping violence from Central America – are being separated with no guarantee of being reconnected. While parents attend hastened trials in federal court, children are kept in detention centers or are expected to be sent to foster care.

These unprecendented cases are leading to confusionand uncertainty about the processes related to asylum, detainment, sentencing and deportation on the federal level. 

Early numbers for the month of May – when the "zero tolerance" initiative was implemented – still show high numbers of illegal bording crossing, according to the Washington Post.

What is the next step for immigrant children and parents involved? How will this new approach to regulating the Texas border impact long-term immigration policy? 


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Jan Ross Piedad Sakian is TPR’s News Operations Producer. In this role, she develops strategy on collaborative and digital initiatives for the station. Since 2016, Jan Ross has served in a coordinating capacity for TPR’s state and national partners, including The Texas Newsroom.
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