With Children Separated at Border, What’s Different This Time?

In this photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a U.S. Border Patrol agent watches as people who've been taken into custody related to cases of illegal entry into the United States, stand in line at a facility in McAllen, Texas, Sunday, June 17, 2018.
In this photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a U.S. Border Patrol agent watches as people who've been taken into custody related to cases of illegal entry into the United States, stand in line at a facility in McAllen, Texas, Sunday, June 17, 2018. U.S. Customs, Border Protection's Rio Grande Valley Sector / via AP
In this photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a U.S. Border Patrol agent watches as people who've been taken into custody related to cases of illegal entry into the United States, stand in line at a facility in McAllen, Texas, Sunday, June 17, 2018.
In this photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a U.S. Border Patrol agent watches as people who've been taken into custody related to cases of illegal entry into the United States, stand in line at a facility in McAllen, Texas, Sunday, June 17, 2018. U.S. Customs, Border Protection's Rio Grande Valley Sector / via AP

With Children Separated at Border, What’s Different This Time?

The Trump Administration has  publicly issued three different versions of what has happened at the southern border with regards to separation of migrant families. Last week, senior adviser Stephen Miller said family separation was part of a “zero tolerance” deterrence policy. On Friday, President Trump argued that there was no policy,  and falsely claimed that family separation was required by a law passed by Democrats. On Sunday, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen tweeted “We do not have a policy of separating families at the border. Period.” To discuss, we’re joined by Jacqueline Bhabha, Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights at Harvard University and editor of Child Migration and Human Rights in a Global Age and Claudia Lucero, executive director of the Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America.