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The Trump Administration Ignored Warnings From Career Officials About Family Separation Policy

February 07, 2019 / Charles S. Clark

The Trump administration took little effort to plan on an interagency basis for its policy to separate families at the border and ignored warnings about the consequences of that approach, officials told lawmakers on Thursday. The Homeland Security Department, in coordination with the Justice Department, began separating families in 2017, well before then Attorney General Jeff Sessions officially announced the “zero-tolerance” policy in April of the following year.