Family separations: the politics, the pushback, and the support

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A girl stands with her mother during a Rally For Our Children event to protest a new

A girl stands with her mother during a Rally For Our Children event to protest a new "zero-tolerance" immigration policy that has led to the separation of families, Thursday, May 31, 2018, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Guests: Adam Serwer, Sabrina Vourvoulias, Anil Kalhan

President Trump felt the mounting public and political pressure to end his administration’s policy of separating children from their families who cross the U.S. – Mexico border, signing an executive order ending the practice Wednesday afternoon. The images, reporting, and even sounds, of families being ripped apart proved to be something of a bridge-too-far when it came to immigration enforcement. Today on the show, we’ll talk about Trump and his administration’s view on immigration, why his base is activated by this issue, why they are willing to go to extreme measures to keep people out of the country, and the history of anti-immigrant sentiment in the U.S. Joining us will be The Atlantic senior editor ADAM SERWER, Philadelphia-based journalist SABRINA VOURVOULIAS, and Drexel University Law professor ANIL KALHAN.

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