“Permanent separation. It happens,” said John Sandweg, who served as acting director of ICE under the Obama administration from 2013-2014.

Sandweg’s warning contradicts White House messaging that the separation of women and children migrants under the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy is only temporary…

“You could easily end up in a situation where the gap between a parent’s deportation and a child’s deportation is years,” Sandweg said.