WORLD Split­ting mi­grant fam­i­lies had lit­tle de­ter­rent ef­fect, data sug­gests

About 9,250 ‘fam­ily units’ were ar­rested in July, down from 9,430 in June

StarMetro Edmonton - - WORLD - Nick Miroff

The num­ber of mi­grant fam­i­lies ar­rested along the U.S. bor­der with Mexico re­mained nearly un­changed from June to July, ac­cord­ing to govern­ment data re­leased Wed­nes­day, an in­di­ca­tion the U.S. Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion’s con­tro­ver­sial move to sep­a­rate thou­sands of par­ents and chil­dren did lit­tle to de­ter others from at­tempt­ing the jour­ney.

U.S. bor­der agents ar­rested 9,258 “fam­ily units,” along Amer­ica’s south­west bor­der last month, down slightly from 9,434 in June and 9,485 in May.

The ad­min­is­tra­tion cited a spring­time surge of par­ents Demon­stra­tors link arms out­side a San Diego de­ten­tion cen­tre in June to protest im­mi­gra­tion pol­icy that sep­a­rated chil­dren from par­ents.

cross­ing il­le­gally with chil­dren as jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for its “zero tol­er­ance” ini­tia­tive, which led to the sep­a­ra­tion of about 2,500 fam­i­lies be­tween May 5 and June 20, when pub­lic out­cry forced U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump to end the prac­tice.

Since then, some of the pol­icy’s de­fend­ers have ar­gued the sep­a­ra­tions would have had a stronger de­ter­rent ef­fect

if al­lowed more time.

They in­sist its true im­pact would not be ap­par­ent un­til word of the crack­down had spread to ru­ral Cen­tral Amer­ica, prompt­ing par­ents to re­con­sider travel plans.

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