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
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.