Before Trump came into office, families were detained together, sent back immediately or paroled into the country. Now, prosecution is happening across the board and has become the uniform policy.
There is no law mandating the separation of families, contrary to Trump’s claims. The Trump administration has introduced a “zero-tolerance” policy calling for the prosecution of all individuals considered illegally entering the United States.
This policy has the effect of separating parents from their children when they enter the country together, because parents are referred for prosecution and the children are placed in the custody of a sponsor, such as a relative or foster home, or held in a shelter.