Human rights groups have slammed policies that see children separated from their parents.
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The Trump administration's move to separate immigrant parents from their children on the U.S.-Mexico border has grabbed attention around the world, drawn scorn from human rights organizations and overtaken the immigration debate in Congress.Since then, the administration has been steadily eroding protections for immigrant children and families.To those who work with immigrants, the parents' plight was heralded by a series of measures making it harder for kids arriving on the border to get released from government custody and to seek legal status.The administration says the changes are necessary to deter immigrants from coming to the U.S. illegally. The administration insists the new rules are necessary to send a message to immigrants.Under U.S. law, most Mexican children are sent back across the border.Immigrant and children's advocates said the new measures are not only cruel but costly.The government pays more than $1 billion a year to care for unaccompanied immigrant children, Sessions has said.
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