U.S. considers separating families caught crossing Mexican border
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Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly said his agency was considering separating parents and children at the Mexico-U.S. border if they're crossing it illegally, per an AP report. He told CNN it would serve as a deterrent:
I would do almost anything to deter the people from Central America getting on this very, very dangerous network...going through Mexico.
Context: After being detained at the border for days or weeks at a time, families caught crossing the border illegally can wait years for a case to be completed in federal immigration court. In recent years, tens of thousands of parents and children fleeing violence in Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala have been caught crossing the border illegally.