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Trump hard-liners push splitting migrants' families at border

WASHINGTON – Almost immediately after President Donald Trump took office, his administration began weighing what for years had been regarded as the nuclear option in the effort to discourage immigrants from unlawfully entering the United States.

Children would be separated from their parents if the families had been apprehended entering the country illegally, John F. Kelly, then the Homeland Security secretary, said in March 2017, “in order to deter more movement along this terribly dangerous network.”


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