The bottom line: What happens when families cross the border

Diagram: Rebecca Zisser, Lazaro Gamio/Axios

Nearly 2,000 child migrants have been separated from their parents in the six weeks following the implementation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' "zero-tolerance" policy, according to the Department of Homeland Security. Here's how it happens.

Bottom line: This started with the Justice Department’s “zero tolerance” policy at the border. But it was empowered by the Department of Homeland Security, which began forcibly separating families arrested for crossing the border in order to send the adults to DOJ for prosecution.

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