Zero Tolerance Policy
This Trump administration policy mandated that all illegal crossings be referred to the Department of Justice for prosecution. Under this policy, undocumented asylum seekers were among those prosecuted and imprisoned. This included families and, because of the Flores Agreement, the children in these families could not be detained beyond 20 days, so they were placed under the care of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). These “family separations” became synonymous with the policy itself. In June 2018, Trump signed an executive order canceling the policy in the face of intense public outcry. Six days later, a federal judge issued an injunction against the practice.