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The new acting head of Homeland Security said the Trump administration's earlier child separation policy at the border is 'not on the table.'
Kevin McAleenan, who stepped in after President Trump carried out a homeland security purge while demanding a 'tougher' immigration policy, said the policy might be a deterrent but wasn't worth the loss of public trust.
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His comments come despite reporting that he is one of several homeland officials who urged his predecessor Kirstjen Nielsen to sign a memo calling for child separation.
'I think the president has been clear that family separation is not on the table and again this was a zero tolerance prosecution initiative that was targeted at adults violating the law,' McAleenan told NBC Nightly News.
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'So prosecuting violations of the law does have a consequence and it does deter behavior but it did not work if you lose the public trust,' he said, adding that from 'an enforcement perspective, it's not worth it,' McAleenan told anchor Lester Holt.
He also said children separated form their parents 'were always intended...
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