Watchdog: US Unprepared for Consequences of ‘Zero Tolerance’
Border Patrol did not ensure that children separated from their parents who were too young to talk could be properly identified.
- Published 2 October 2018
This article was republished here with permission from The Associated Press, however it is no longer available to read on Snopes.com.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security’s internal watchdog says immigration officials were not prepared to manage the consequences of its “zero tolerance” policy at the border this summer that resulted in the separation of nearly 3,000 children from parents. The report made public Tuesday found one child was held as long as 25 days in a border patrol facility meant for short-term detention. And poor communication by immigration officials meant some separated parents weren’t told how…