The children are separated from their parents while the parents are being prosecuted for illegally crossing the border.
When families, DHS may only keep children for 72 hours. While DHS continues to oversee prosecution of the parents after this point, their children then become the responsibility of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Members of Congress from both parties have called for the Trump administration to end the separation of families.
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Nielsen claimed this policy is in place not as a deterrent to keep families of immigrants away from the border, as other administration officials have said, but rather as a means of keeping the children safe.
CBS News’ Weijia Wang contributed to this report.