According to Homeland Security figures obtained Friday by the Associated Press, 1,995 minors were taken at the border from 1,940 adults between April 19 and May 31. These separations follow Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ announcement of his “zero-tolerance” policy for undocumented immigrants at the border, which mandates that anyone attempting to cross the border illegally will be seized and prosecuted. “If you are smuggling a child then we will prosecute you, and that child will be separated from you as required by law,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Monday, as cited by NBC News. “If you don't like that, then don't smuggle children over our border.” As another NBC News article notes, there is no law requiring border officials to separate children from their families.
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