On May 7, the LA Times reports that Attorney General Sessions announced a new “zero tolerance policy for persons entering the United States illegally. Under this policy, all persons entering the United States illegally will be charged with a crime. The story also warns that as part of the prosecutions, families could be separated.
Sessions also said that families who illegally cross the border may be separated after their arrest, with children sent to juvenile shelters while their parents are sent to adult detention facilities. Until now, border agents tried to keep parents and their children at the same detention site.