Trump administration considering family separation policy for asylum seekers

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That sponsor could be a relative living legally in the United States, although the administration may also tighten those rules, according to The New York Times.

"While the administration is working diligently to remove unsafe criminal aliens from our streets, this report highlights the fact that more must be done", said Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen.

The measure could also penalize migrants who live in the USA illegally and try to bring their children into the country, The Washington Post first reported Thursday.

Currently, families taken into custody along the border are either kept together at a DHS detention center or released and given a court date.

Section 16 of the Executive Order directs the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Attorney General to collect relevant data and provide quarterly reports regarding: (a) the immigration status of all aliens incarcerated under the supervision of the Federal Bureau of Prisons; (b) the immigration status of all aliens incarcerated as federal pretrial detainees under the supervision of the United States Marshals Service; and (c) the immigration status of all convicted aliens in state prisons and local detention centers throughout the United States. They are looking to build or rent more jails which could be used to detain migrants pending their court hearings, so ending the "catch-and-release" policies created by Obama. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who has the final say on the matter, has yet to sign off on the proposal. He said some measures have "been approved", and that the DHS is working with other federal agencies "to implement them in the near future", but declined to further elaborate.

A DHS official said the agency has spent the year reviewing "procedural, policy, regulatory and legislative" changes to address illegal immigration.

The proposed policy, which has not yet been made public, would alter the current standard, which attempts to keep families in tact while asylum or deportation issues are concerned. "The administration is committed to using all legal tools at its disposal to secure our nation's borders and as a result we are continuing to review additional policy options".

Several immigrant advocate groups filed a complaint earlier this month saying they had documented at least 150 cases in which immigrant families arriving at the border had been separated.

"It interferes with due process, and is really just cruel", Michelle Brané, director of the Migrant Rights and Justice program at the organization, told The Times.

During his presidential campaign, President Donald Trump repeatedly promised to fight undocumented migration to the U.S.by introducing a set of measures, including tough immigration legislation and the construction of a wall at the U.S.

According to the numbers, one-in-five individuals were born outside of the USA and a significant number are illegal aliens.

But, that number reached 29,086 in November, the highest rate sense January, and signalled cause for some concern that it may represent a trend.

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