With the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump has won the greatest judicial victory of his presidency so far. But as the dust settles at the Supreme Court, the Trump administration is still entangled in numerous legal fights over its immigration policies, ranging from family detention and asylum restrictions to refugee admissions and immigrant access to public benefits. And on that front, it’s making some serious progress with its “zero tolerance” agenda.
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Suffer the Children: The family separations that resulted from Trump’s “zero-tolerance” policy of taking immigrant children away from their parents at the border has faded from public consciousness, ever since the government declared—inaccurately—that it had reunified all “eligible” children with their families. But a new report from the Associated Press indicates that migrant families still may be at risk of permanent separation: State court judges are granting custody of separated migrant children to American foster families, without notifying their parents. In cases dating back to the Obama administration, reporters found that children separated from their parents under “zero tolerance” could end up being permanently adopted.