Immigration authorities arrested more families in August than in any month on record. U.S. officials have long grappled with discouraging families from coming — and found there are no easy solutions.
The U.S. has left negotiations about paying monetary damages to families who were forcibly separated while seeking to enter at the southern border during the Trump administration.
Federal officials are considering a former Greensboro private school as a transitional housing site for unaccompanied refugee minors.
President Biden has been working to unwind many of the executive actions taken by former President Donald Trump. But the administration has warned that the changes will take time.
The Trump-era immigration policy resulted in thousands of family separations at the U.S-Mexico border.
The report says the administration planned to separate as many as 26,000 children under the "zero tolerance" policy. More than 5,000 children were separated before it was ended by a judge.
"I didn't know at that moment that it was [from] 2015," a U.N. rights expert says. "If I would have known that, I would not have mentioned it, because that's some time ago."
In a statement Thursday, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi said detainees were asked whether they had children and were provided with cellphones to arrange for their care.
A year after a federal judge ordered an end to family separations, the ACLU says the practice continues. The government says it is allowed to consider a parent's health or criminal history.
The government lost track of thousands of kids it had separated from families trying to cross at the U.S.-Mexico border. Now the administration has six months to find them.