About 2,000 children separated from families at US border: DHS

1,995 minors separated from adults during six-week period, DHS says

When he announced the policy, Sessions noted it would likely lead to more separations but said the policy would help deter more migrants from trying to cross the southern border.

Nearly 2000 migrant children were separated from their families at the United States border over six weeks, officials say. The officials used the opportunity, otherwise on the condition of anonymity, to accuse the press of spreading falsehoods about the policy. There are 1,000 beds available in this prison. The comments came as hundreds of protestors in dozens of US cities took to the streets in objection of the policy.

On Friday, The Trump administration released new numbers on how many families have been separated at the southwest border after parents are prosecuted for coming into the USA illegally.

The families were all separated so the parents could be criminally prosecuted, said a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security, who declined to be named, on a call with reporters.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday said that the lack of a border wall was to blame for President Donald Trump's policy of separating immigrant families.

As the adults are being charged with a crime and detained, the children that travel with them are being separated and classed as unaccompanied minors.

Mr Sessions announced the effort on April 6, and Homeland Security began stepping up referrals in early May, effectively putting the policy into action.

Children's rights advocates, politicians, and religious groups have decried the situation as inhumane while Sessions quoted the Bible in defense of the policy, according to the AP. "I think it is a terrible law", Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) said in May, adding that it's an issue that has "real bipartisan support" in Congress.

There is no law that requires parents be separated from their children at the border.

Oliver pointed out that the policy was instated by Attorney General and "least fun thing to find in a Kinder egg" Jeff Sessions, saying it was "objectively terrible".

"When we ignore our laws at the border we obviously encourage hundreds of thousands of people a year to likewise ignore our laws and illegally enter our country, creating an enormous burden on our law enforcement, our schools, our hospitals, and social programs", he said.

Critics of United States government policy which separates children their parents when they cross the border illegally from Mexico protest during a "Families Belong Together March", in downtown Los Angeles, California on June 14, 2018. There were an additional 35 minors separated at ports of entry in May through June 6. There were more than 55 in April and a high of 64 in March, according to the figures.

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