Trump Administration’s New Indefinite Family Detention Policy: Deterrence Not Guaranteed

Trump Administration’s New Indefinite Family Detention Policy: Deterrence Not Guaranteed

Migration Policy Institute (September 26, 2018)

Trump’s policy on family detention, like the brief foray into family separation that was a result of the administration’s zero-tolerance policy ordering the prosecution of all illegal border crossers, is intended to deter future unauthorized arrivals, including asylum seekers. Yet there is little to suggest the policy will have the deterrent effect the administration is seeking.

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