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Trump Must Stop the Cruelty at the Border

This indefensible family-separation policy needs to end. 

Why should she be punished?b

Why should she be punished?b

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President Donald Trump’s policies at America’s southern border are cruel and unnecessary. This is widely recognized: Many Republicans are now among those objecting to the measures. For once, the president needs to heed the backlash and change course.

The numbers don’t justify the exceptionally harsh policy adopted in April. Contrary to what the president and his supporters claim, America’s borders are not being overrun. Apprehensions and denials of admission at the southwestern border so far this year are on par with the year-to-date average for 2012 to 2017. In the early 2000s, apprehensions were running about five times as high.