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The New York Post: Family separations at border started months earlier than announced

President Donald Trump’s policy to separate children from their migrant parents at the U.S. border began nine months earlier than the White House acknowledged and could have resulted in more families being broken up than the administration admitted, according to a report on Sunday.

The “zero tolerance” strategy that then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced in April actually began in the “El Paso sector” between July and November 2017, CBS News’ “60 Minutes” reported, citing government documents.

It’s unclear how many parents and children were separated during those five months, the report said.

Like the “zero tolerance” policy, which Trump ended by executive order in June, the El Paso pilot program was intended to act as a deterrent to migrant families from arriving at the border to seek asylum.

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