An Illinois senator has accused the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) of separating immigrant families unlawfully. A coalition of Democrats has requested an investigation into whether families in immigration custody are being unlawfully separated from their children. At this time, it's unclear if the senator's claims are true, but there have been some reported incidents of this happening.
The Department of Homeland Security has denied the allegations, saying via its spokesperson that DHS only separates parents and children when it's in the children's interest. For example, this might happen when DHS suspects that human trafficking or abuse may be occurring.