A few months ago, Attorney General Jeff Sessions implemented a "zero tolerance policy", requiring the Department of Justice (DOJ) to criminally prosecute every single person caught crossing the border illegally. This has resulted in large numbers of children being separated from their parents, so President Trump passed an executive order keeping parents together with their kids in DHS custody as they await criminal prosecution.
Now the thing is, in order for DOJ to criminally prosecute someone for illegal entry, they need to find out about that person first. That’s mainly done through criminal referrals from two agencies, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). CBP apprehends people who are within 100 miles of the border, and ICE apprehends people in the rest of the country.
In any case, in response to President Trump’s executive order, the head of CBP announced that CBP is temporarily suspending criminal referrals of illegal entries by families, because they don’t currently have the resources needed to detain families together. But my question is, has ICE similarly stopped criminal referrals of illegal entries by families? Have any ICE officials discussed this?