The United States Department of Homeland Security has admitted that it has separated children from illegal immigrant families caught trying to cross the southern border but asserted that it is not doing so as a “deterrence” measure.
Amid a New York Times report that hundreds of immigrant kids have been separated from their parents by the agency since last October, DHS Press Secretary Tyler Houlton asserts that “DHS does not currently have a policy of separating families at the border for deterrence purposes.”
“As required by law, DHS must protect the best interests of minor children crossing our borders and occasionally this results in separating children from an adult they are traveling with if we cannot ascertain the parental relationship or if we think the child is otherwise in danger,” Houlton said in a statement provided to The Christian Post on Sunday.
“Unfortunately, we have seen many instances where human traffickers have used children to cross the border to gain illegal entry to our country as they know they are unlikely to be detained. This is one of the very loopholes we would like to see Congress end in order to gain operational control of our border.”
The statement from Houlton comes as the Trump administration has previously tossed around the idea of separating children from detained immigrant families as a way to deter future immigrant families from trying to sneak through the southern border into the U.S.
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Source: Christian Post