Watchdog: US unprepared for consequences of ‘zero tolerance’

Homeland Security’s internal watchdog says immigration officials were not prepared to manage the consequences of its “zero tolerance” policy at the border this summer that resulted in the separation of nearly 3,000 children from parents.

The report made public Tuesday found one child was held as long as 25 days in a border patrol facility meant for short-term detention. And poor communication by immigration officials meant some separated parents weren’t told how to reach their children, and lacked good access to communicate with them.

Border Patrol did not ensure that children separated from their parents who were too young to talk could be properly identified.

Homeland Security officials say the report illustrates the difficulties in enforcing immigration laws “that are broken and poorly written.”

This article provided by NewsEdge.