The zero tolerance policy, announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in April, requires the criminal prosecution of anyone who enters the U.S. illegally. Migrant families were separated
as a result of the policy, but after intense backlash, Trump signed an executive order to keep migrant families together. But activists say the current executive order doesn’t do much to remedy the problems; at least 2,000 children are still being held in detention centres, some many states away, from their parents. “All the order says is that instead of separating families, instead of putting parents in one cage and children in another, he would keep them together indefinitely in detention, ” Ana Maria Archila, 38, co-executive director for the Center for Popular Democracy, tells Refinery29 via phone after speaking to the crowd in front of the DOJ. "The zero tolerance policy is still in effect."