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Officials October: Family Separations and Tolerance Policy

officials october: U.S. President Donald Trump concludes his remarks at the White House State Leadership Day Conference for Alaska, California, and Hawaii local officials October 23 in Washington, DC. Win McNamee There must be consequences for illegal actions, Sessions said before dozens of sheriffs from counties on the United States' border with Mexico, according to Toronto Star. Because they did not know about the zero tolerance policy in advance, officials at the Department of Homeland Security said, they did not take steps to prepare for the resulting family separations. The Department of Homeland Security, which apprehends border crossers, and the Department of Health and Human Services, which cares for separated migrant children, were both caught off guard when Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced plans to criminally prosecute anyone who crossed the border illegally, the report said. Staff members at the Department of Health and Human Services said their leaders told them not to prepare for an increase in children separated from their families because Homeland Security officials claimed that they did not have an official policy of separating parents and children, according to the report, which was prepared by the Government Accountability Office, Congress' non-partisan investigative arm. The president eventually relented and moved to halt the family separations, though the government struggled in some cases to reunite those it had already separated. The enforcement of the policy led to the separation of nearly 3,000 children from their parents, setting off weeks of national protests, with Democrats and many Republicans calling on U.S. President Donald Trump to end it. ( As reported in the news.