The Trump administration is exploiting legal loopholes to continue its policy of family separation after a federal judge in California struck down the practice last year, according to a report by USA Today.
Separations have reduced substantially since the systemic use of separations was barred in June of 2018, but the administration has taken advantage of a number of exceptions to advance the policy. The government, for example, is digging out the records of parents for old minor violations (like driving under the influence), to claim they are a danger to their children.
Border Patrol officers are also reportedly exploiting a provision that allows separation if the alleged child and parent are not biologically related. According to Border Patrol data, however, these cases could be linked to less than 1.2 percent of the 256,821 family members that crossed the border from April 2018 to March 2019.
According to official government data, 389 families have been separated since last summer, though immigration advocates say the real number is much higher. Border Patrol agents captured 92,000 illegal immigrants in March--the most in 12 years.