Last updated on: 9/30/2019 9:54:47 AM PST
Should the US Decriminalize Illegal Border Crossings?
Title 8 of the federal code makes entering the United States without authorization a misdemeanor punishable by prison and fines. In Apr. 2018, the Trump Administration announced a "zero tolerance" policy for illegal entry, resulting in family separations when parents making unauthorized border crossings were prosecuted and imprisoned under Title 8 Section 1325 of the US code. Decriminalizing border crossings would make illegal entry a civil offense as opposed to a criminal one.
Dara Lind, "Why Julián Castro Started a Democratic Debate Fight over Repealing 'Section 1325,' vox.com, June 26, 2019
Sophia Tareen, "Explaining the Law Criminalizing Improper Border Crossings," cbsaustin.com, June 28, 2019