The Trump administration announced that it will stop criminally prosecuting migrant families illegally crossing the border, although officials say the “zero tolerance” policy is still in effect. However, families still be detained if a federal court amends the Flores agreement, as the Trump administration has asked it to do.  The Flores agreement prohibits the government from detaining children from more than 20 days. The administration is hoping that order can be amended to allow the children to be detained with their families indefinitely. Today, immigration courts are more backlogged than ever with more than 700,000 cases pending between less than 350 judges. Soledad O’Brien sits down with retired immigration judge Paul Wickham Schmidt to discuss what the law says about family separations and applying for asylum.

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