Biden DOJ rescinds Trump ‘zero tolerance’ policy that resulted in family separations at border

The Biden administration rescinded a Trump-era policy that had forced migrant families to be separated at the border so that the adults could be prosecuted for unlawful entry.

The Justice Department’s top official issued a memo Tuesday that walked back the “zero tolerance” policy, which called for federal law enforcement personnel on the border to refer for prosecution all adults, including those who arrived with children, who illegally crossed the border. The policy only applied to first-time offenders.

“Consistent with this longstanding principle of making individualized assessments in criminal cases, I am rescinding — effective immediately — the policy directive,” acting Attorney General Monty Wilkinson wrote in a memo shared
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