‘The US Department of Homeland Security is considering a plan to separate parents from their children if caught crossing the Mexico-US border illegally, according to DHS Secretary John Kelly.
The plan would allow US immigration officials to separate children from the adults they arrive with. Adults would then be held in detention centers, while children would be relocated elsewhere, whether that be with relatives already residing in the US or taken into state care with an agency such as child protective services.
Kelly confirmed the department’s plan during an interview with CNN Monday. Justifying the proposed plan, Kelly said that such a move is part of wide-ranging initiatives aimed at discouraging families from making the “very, very dangerous” journey from Central America.’