Nearly 2,000 children split from guardians at US border recently

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The United States government has separated almost 2,000 minors from their families at the border between April 19 and May 31 as part of a crackdown by the Trump administrations on illegal immigration, according to a new report.

Furthermore, the rise of facilities that house children separated from their families at the border during Trump's administration has been well documented.

But Friday, DHS said unlike previous years, it is no longer exempting classes of people from being prosecuted for crossing the border. Greenberg, now with the Migration Policy Institute, says there is a careful process to determine how to place unaccompanied children, most of whom come from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. The Group of Seven summit gathering of top industrialized democracies finished in disarray after the United States president abruptly rejected its consensus statement and bitterly attacked Canada's PM Justin Trudeau.

"We do not want to separate parents from their children", Sessions said Monday in defending his "zero tolerance" immigration policy.

One man broke down when telling me about how his young daughter was ripped from his arms.

Sanders was ridiculed on social media for her Biblical assertion, with critics citing various passages that call for humane treatment of people, particularly children, and some tweets cheekily asking what the Bible said about adultery.

Children whose parents are referred for prosecution will be placed with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). More from the AP: "Trump's repeated, but nonspecific references to a Democratic law appear to involve one enacted in 2008".

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Named the 'Keep Families Together Act', the bill, if passed, would ban the separation of a child from a parent or guardian unless there was a risk of abuse or neglect stemming from the parent's custody of the child.

"We as a nation need to pay attention to this and we need some answers and some action as to what this crisis is making these children live through", Falcon said. It passed unanimously in Congress and was signed by Republican President George W. Bush. The UN has called on the United States to immediately halt the separations, the BBC reported.

The policy has also provoked disquiet among the conservative evangelical community.

However, there is no statute that requires children to be separated from their parents at the border.

Another new policy will make it even more hard to reunite children with their families.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) wrote on Twitter: "There is no way to rationalize ripping families apart".

Trump had previously tried to blame the policy on Democrats, but over the weekend his Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Kristjen Nielsen, flat out denied that such a policy existed.

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