An undocumented immigrant from Honduras said that federal officials separated her from her daughter while she was breastfeeding her child in a detention center, an attorney told CNN.
Natalia Cornelio, an attorney with the Texas Civil Rights Project who interviewed the immigrant, told the network that the woman was handcuffed when she resisted the authorities.
The woman was being held in a detention center when the incident took place, after she was apprehended for entering the country illegally. Cornelio said the woman sobbed while recounting the incident.
The Trump administration implemented a “zero tolerance” policy earlier this year for those caught illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.
All people apprehended entering the country illegally are subject to prosecution under the policy. Adults and children are prosecuted separately, leading to their separation.
Democrats and critics have largely slammed the Trump administration over the policy, and Senate Democrats introduced legislation last week to prevent the separation of immigrant families at the southern border.
Trump has attempted to place blame on Democrats for the policy, calling on the party to pass legislation addressing the measure.