Guests: Roque Planas, Mae Ngai, Carola Suárez-Orozco
“If you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you, and that child may be separated from you as required by law.” So said Attorney General Jeff Sessions earlier this month. And we’ve seen this proclamation become more of a reality, with many news outlets recently highlighting the practice of ICE agents separating children from their families during the process of detention and deportation. Today on the show, ROQUE PLANAS, an national reporter for the Huffington Post, tells us about some of the tactics being used by immigration officers when enforcing immigration policy, particularly as they relate to children and families. We’ll also hear about the history of the federal agency at the center of these controversial practices, I.C.E. Joining us will be MAE NGAI, professor of history at Columbia University. Lastly, we’ll talk about the psychological toll of family separation on a child with CAROLA SUÁREZ-OROZCO, professor of human development and psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).