By Keith Griffith For Dailymail.com
Published: 14:43 BST, 12 July 2019 | Updated: 15:19 BST, 12 July 2019
A new report from the House Oversight Committee says that at least 18 infants under the age of two were separated from their parents at government-run migrant centers, some for as long as six months.
The report issued on Friday focuses on children who were separated after the Trump administration initiated its 'zero tolerance policy' in April 2018, and who were still in custody as of June 26, 2018.
In June of last year, the administration ended the policy of arresting and charging all adults who crossed the border illegally, separating them from any children, following immense backlash.
The Democrats on the committee call the former policy that resulted in separating children 'a deliberate, unnecessary and cruel choice' by President Donald Trump.
An immigrant family is detained by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials after crossing illegally into the US and turning themselves in to Border Patrol in El Paso on July 9
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) wipes a tear during a House Oversight and Reform hearing discussing migrant detention centers' treatment of children on Wednesday. Hearings continue on Friday focused on child separation at the border
Among the key findings of the report from the Democrat-led House committee are:At least 18 infants and toddlers under two years old were taken away from their parents at the border and kept apart for 20 days to