An Update on Family Separation


On Wednesday, the President issued an Executive Order purporting to end family separation at the border, ordering instead the detention of all families arriving at the border. At the same time, the Department of Homeland Security announced it would temporarily stop referring families arriving at the border for criminal prosecution, but only until it could find more space to detain them.

We want to be clear: the fight is far from over. There are still more than 2,000 children currently separated from their parents. Meanwhile, the Administration has traded one humanitarian crisis for another, replacing family separation with family detention.

The Young Center, as advocates for the best interests of immigrant children, will fight against family detention just as we fought against family separation—because both practices are deeply harmful to children and not in their best interests.

Read our full press statement here. Watch our full video statement below:

Maddie Witters