(Newser) – With illegal border crossings on the rise once again, the Trump administration is considering a move that even some immigration hardliners consider draconian. Sources tell the New York Times and the Washington Post that the administration might try to discourage Central American families from making the crossing by splitting up families, keeping parents in adult facilities and sending their children to juvenile detention centers, or temporarily placing them with relatives already in the US. According to the Department of Homeland Security, some 7,000 “family units” and 4,000 unaccompanied children were among the 39,000 people detained along the Mexican border last month, the highest total since Trump took office. The current policy is to keep families together.
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