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"Zero Tolerance:" What Are the Legal and Human Costs?

Jul 10, 2018

Some 3000 children were taken from their migrant parents under the Administration's zero tolerance policy.
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Today, a panel of immigration lawyers joins Tom to discuss the Trump Administration’s "zero tolerance"  immigration policies.  Today is the court-ordered deadline for the government to re-unite migrant children under the age of five with their families, most of whom were detained for crossing the US border illegally.  It’s a deadline that will not be met for at least 40 of the more than 100 infants and toddlers who have been separated from their parents. 

A District Court Judge has also denied an Administration motion to extend the time the government is allowed to detain children past the current 20-day limit. 

So, what’s next for the 3,000 minors who have been separated from their families? 

Tom's guests are:

Anne Chandler, the executive director of the Houston office of the Tahirih Justice Centera Washington, DC based group that provides legal and other services for women and girls seeking refuge from violence in their home countries. She joins us on the phone from Houston;

Ofelia Calderon joins us from the studios of NPR in Washington, DC.  She is an immigration activist and a lawyer in private practice in Virginia; 

And on the line from New Orleans, Professor Lindsay Harris, who teaches at the University of the District of Columbia's David A. Clarke School of Law, and co-directs UDC’s Immigration and Human Rights Clinic.

Our guests also address listeners' questions and comments.