The administration is committed to the safe reunification of families that were unjustly separated at the U.S. Mexico Border.
The Department issues a monthly report documenting when and where all family separations occur and details of the minors and parents.
Video remarks by Acting Secretary McAleenan on a final rule that finalizes regulations implementing the relevant and substantive terms of the Flores Settlement Agreement.
At 9:30 AM ET on August 21st, the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, Kevin K. McAleenan, will host a press conference at U.S. Customs and Border Protection headquarters regarding upcoming changes to the Flores ruling. The Acting Secretary will provide remarks on the changes and then take questions from members of the media.
Under order of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, the departments of Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, and Justice have been reunifying alien minors under 5 years old who are currently in the custody of HHS with adults who have been in the custody of DHS.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Health and Human Services (HHS) have a process established to ensure that family members know the location of their children and have regular communication after separation to ensure that those adults who are subject to removal are reunited with their children for the purposes of removal. The United States government knows the location of all children in its custody and is working to reunite them with their families.
The DHS Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) has received an extraordinarily large volume of calls regarding the administration’s zero-tolerance policy. We are working diligently to document every contact we receive and are attempting to keep our voice mailbox clear for additional messages.
On June 18, 2018, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen delivered remarks at the White House Press Briefing on the illegal immigration crisis at the southern border.
In recent days, we have seen reporters, Members of Congress, and other groups mislead the public on the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) zero-tolerance policy.
The Attorney General directed United States Attorneys on the Southwest Border to prosecute all amenable adults who illegally enter the country, including those accompanied by their children, for 8 U.S.C. § 1325(a), illegal entry. Children whose parents are referred for prosecution will be placed with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR).