The number of illegal alien families from Central America arrested on the border sharply increased in August. Illegal alien adults bring children with them because they believe the government may release them if they are apprehended. Children now can only be held for a limited time. Before that time expires the government may feel inclined release the adults with the promise that they will show up their asylum hearing–a promise often not kept.
The Trump Administration is trying to end this incentive for release by keeping the children in detention with their parents until the parents’ claims for asylum are decided.
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