President Trump’s executive order calls for the indefinite detention of immigrant children and their families apprehended for illegal border crossings. That contradicts a 1997 federal court settlement barring children from being detained for more than 20 days. Meanwhile, child welfare advocates have been raising concerns about the damaging effects of forced separation on children.
- Julián Aguilar, The Texas Tribune immigration and border security reporter
- Spencer Amdur, ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project attorney
- Chandra Ghosh Ippen, UCSF child psychologist