|A 2 year-old girl cries as her mother is searched and detained near the U.S.-Mexico border (John Moore/Getty Images)|
In just 42 days Donald Trump's Department of Homeland Security has separated nearly 2,000 children from their families at the U.S./Mexico border.
The DHS's numbers chronicling the breakup of migrant families since Trump's barbaric policy was implemented just six-weeks ago were obtained by the Associated Press.
The final breakdown shows that 1,995 minors were separated from 1,940 adults from April 19 through May 31.
The DHS did not keep track of the ages of the children they detained and separated.
Trump's “zero tolerance” policy announced by his Attorney General Jeff Sessions on April 6th makes it mandatory that all DHS officials refer all cases of illegal entry for criminal prosecution.
This kicks into action the U.S. protocol prohibiting the detention of children with their parents because the children are not charged with a crime and the parents are.
Previously families that were apprehended at the border were not prosecuted thus avoiding the cruel practice of breaking up the family.
Since the new policy has gone into effect there have even been reports of women separated from their infants so young they were literally nursing them at the time.
The release of the figures comes on the heels of Sessions attempt on Thursday to excuse the draconian actions by quoting Bible passages...
“I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained them for the purpose of order,”
Sessions then went on to ague that recent criticisms of Trump's policy were not...
“fair or logical and some are contrary to law.”
Humanitarian groups have argued that the policy of separating children from their parents under any circumstances was cruel and that it destroys America’s...
"strong foundation of humanitarian sensibility and family values,”
Medical groups have come out en masse to denounce the policy saying that besides being traumatic and unnecessary, the stress can damage brain development and can cause lifelong trauma, as well as an increased risk of other mental illnesses.
An additional 38 minors separated at ports of entry in May through June 6. There were more than 55 in April and a high of 64 in March, according to the figures.