June 21, 2018 / 7:08 PM / 5 months ago

U.S. to continue referring adult illegal border crossers for prosecution

WASHINGTON, June 21 (Reuters) - The U.S. Border Patrol will continue to refer for prosecution adults who are caught crossing the border illegally, a spokesman for the Customs and Border Protection said on Thursday.

“Family unity will be maintained for families apprehended crossing the border illegally, and they will be transferred together to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement,” the spokesman said in a statement.

“For those children still in Border Patrol custody, we are reuniting them with parents or legal guardians returned to Border Patrol custody following prosecution.” (Reporting by Yeganeh Torbati Editing by Paul Simao)

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