• Figures cover period from October 2017 to February
  • Senior official: separations have risen sharply in recent weeks

Nearly 1,800 immigrant families were separated at the US-Mexico border from October 2016 until February of this year, as Donald Trump implemented stricter border enforcement policies, according to a senior government official.

The numbers are the first comprehensive disclosure by the administration of how many families have been affected by the policies. Previously, the only numbers provided by federal officials on family separations covered a single two-week period in May.

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