Nearly 1,800 immigrant families were separated at the US-Mexico border from October 2016 through February 2018, amid a crackdown on undocumented immigrants by the administration of President Donald Trump.
The number of family separations have risen sharply in recent weeks, largely because of new policies by the Trump administration, a senior government official told Reuters, speaking only on condition of anonymity.
The numbers are the first comprehensive disclosure by the Trump administration of how many families have been affected by the policies. Previously, the only numbers provided by federal officials on family separations covered a single two-week period in May.
Trump has made his hard-line stance on immigration an integral part of his presidency and has promised to build a wall along the US-Mexican border to curb the flow of migrants from Mexico and Central America.
US Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced in May a “zero…