Since then, stories of weeping children torn from the arms of their frightened parents have flooded the media and the policy has been widely criticized by church groups, politicians and children's advocates who say it is inhumane.
Similar scenarios play out on a daily basis in federal courtrooms in Texas and Arizona, where dozens of immigrant parents appear on charges of entering the country illegally after travelling up from Central America. "This is not just on the Trump administration - this is on all of us".
"The agencies were surfacing every possible idea", Cecilia Munoz, Obama's top domestic policy adviser, recalled, including whether to separate parents from their children. Greenberg, now with the Migration Policy Institute, says there is a careful process to determine how to place unaccompanied children, most of whom come here from three countries - Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.
Parents have since been arrested and placed in quick federal court proceedings near the border. Back then, however, exceptions were generally made for adults who were travelling with minor children, as well as juveniles and people who were ill.
Karl asked Bannon on Sunday about the widespread criticism of the family separation policy, including from religious leaders such as top evangelical Franklin Graham, a Trump supporter, and Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Catholic archbishop of NY.
Meanwhile, House Republicans have put together two immigration bills - a hard-right proposal and one that is a compromise between conservative and moderate Republicans. But if parents in the United States are jailed, their children are split from them because the children are not themselves charged with a crime.
"Stop lying to the American people". "Everything the "open borders lobby" is doing is encouraging that and endangering these children". "It was a simple decision by the administration to have a zero-tolerance policy for illegal entry, period". About a quarter of arrests were families travelling with children. Numerous criticisms raised in recent days are not fair or logical and some are contrary to law. Department of Homeland Security officials said that at least 2,000 children have been separated from their parents since it began implementing the policy in late April. The plan includes $25 billion for a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border and other security measures sought by the White House.
"The age of the child matters", Gunnar said. They argued that children fleeing violence and persecution in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras will continue to come to the United States and remain in government custody longer, costing taxpayers more money.
Leveraging Christianity for political gain explores a moral grey area, bringing into question which social causes religious institutions use scripture to support or denounce (where is the "pro-life" and pro-family reaction to police brutality?).
For now, Congress' inaction is leading to thousands of children being ripped away from their parents.
Last month, reportedly furious by record high numbers of illegal border crossings, Trump ordered new efforts to criminally prosecute anyone who crossed the border unlawfully.
He also accused Democrats of "forcing the breakup of families at the border" because they are pushing their own "cruel" uncompromising legislative agenda.