Between October 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018, at least 2,700 children have been split from their parents
Even as President Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday ending his administration’s policy of separating parents and children who have illegally crossed the border, the crisis was already spreading to a city some 2,000 miles away.
The children, labeled “unaccompanied minors”, have been separated from their parents, labeled criminals, at the southern border as part of the federal government’s zero tolerance policy, in which adults were being prosecuted for entering the country illegally, and their children were taken from them and placed into custody separately.
More than 2,300 children have been taken from their parents in the last two months.
These Photos Of Kids At The Border Will Break Your Heart
1. A 2-year-old Honduran asylum-seeker cries as her mother is searched and detained on June 12 in McAllen, Texas.
2. A boy and father from Honduras are taken into custody by US Border Patrol agents on June 12 near Mission, Texas.
3. A Honduran mother removes her 2-year-old daughter’s shoelaces, as required by US Border Patrol agents, on June 12 in McAllen, Texas.
4. Central American asylum-seekers are taken into custody on June 12 in McAllen, Texas.
5. Central American asylum-seekers on June 12 near McAllen, Texas. The immigrant families were sent to a processing center for possible separation.
6. A Mission Police Dept. officer, left, and a US Border Patrol agent watch over a group of Central American asylum-seekers on June 12 near McAllen, Texas.
7. Central American asylum-seekers wait as U.S. Border Patrol agents take them into custody on June 12 near McAllen, Texas. The families were sent to a US Customs and Border Protection processing center for possible separation.
8. Border Patrol agents ask a group of Central American asylum-seekers to remove hair bands and wedding rings on June 12 near McAllen, Texas.
9. A 4-year-old boy weeps in the arms of a family member as he and others were apprehended by Border Patrol agents after illegally crossing into the US border from Mexico near McAllen, Texas, on May 2.
10. People who illegally crossed the Mexico–U.S. border turn themselves in to US Border Patrol agents near McAllen, Texas, on May 9.