UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) —The Department of Homeland Security scaled back part of its “zero tolerance” policy on people living in the U.S. illegally, but White House officials say it’s only temporary.
President Donald Trump issued an executive order on June 20 halting the controversial policy of prosecuting those adults ultimately separating them from their children.
But White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the administration’s reversal of the policy is only temporary and is happening because they are running out of space and resources to keep people together.
Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said he is working on a plan to resume prosecution of adults “without an extended separation from their children.”
More than 2,300 immigrant children have been separated from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border since May children as young as three years old are going through deportation proceedings alone.