Zero Tolerance for Zero Tolerance Policies

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The Biden administration has rescinded the “zero tolerance” policy from the Trump administration’s immigration policy. This is the rule that allowed the separation of parents and children because those who entered the U.S. from the southern border illegally were prosecuted with “zero tolerance.”

Over 3,000 children were separated from their parents under this policy and hundreds of children still are. Acting Attorney General Monty Wilkinson said that the policy “was inconsistent with the Department’s longstanding principle that we exercise judgment and make individualized assessments in criminal cases.”

Family separations were halted by the Trump administration in June of 2018 but the policy remained in place. Still, the Biden administration has an uphill battle to re-write immigration policy. It tried to pause deportations but a federal judge in Texas blocked that plan so the deportations continue. The administration also haulted the “remain in Mexico” program that required many to wait in Mexico for their asylum-seeking court hearings.

There is a lot in limbo in the meantime. What a mess.



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