Date AnnouncedFeb. 8, 2018
ICE and CBP are reportedly separating family members to discourage future migration. Members of Congress sent a letter to the DHS Secretary expressing their concern about reports that ICE and CBP are separating family members in detention facilities. [ID #302]
See Biden administration action below.View Policy Document
Subsequent ActionJune 15, 2018
The Attorney General directed United States Attorneys on the southwest border to prosecute all amenable adults who illegally enter the country, including those accompanied by their children, for 8 U.S.C. § 1325(a) illegal entry. Children whose parents are referred for prosecution will be placed with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). The following are Frequently Asked Questions regarding Zero Tolerance Immigration Prosecutions.Frequently Asked Questions: Zero Tolerance Immigration Prosecutions
Biden Administration ActionMay 28, 2021
Reported: This Biden administration policy bans the Trump-era policy identified in this entry.
On Friday, May 28, 2021, CBP reportedly issued a memo banning family separations based on border prosecutions.2021.05.28 Reported from The Hill: "DHS formally bans family separations for illicit border crossings"
Type of Action: Change in Practice
Subject Matter: Border