According to News One, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a new policy yesterday (May 7th) under which all illegal southwest border crossings will be referred to the Justice Department for prosecution, and as a result, more children are likely to be separated from their parents when families are caught trying to illegally enter the U.S. Under current law, children caught at the border with their families can be classified as unaccompanied minors and put into the custody of the Health and Human Resources Department if their parents are prosecuted and detained for criminal charges.
Since the policy announced yesterday would mean everyone caught trying to cross the border would be referred for prosecution, it would likely make such separations of parents from their children more common. Sessions said,
“If you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you and that child will be separated from you as required by law. If you don’t like that, then don’t smuggle children over our border.”