Federal judge prohibits separating migrant families at US border for 8 years

Migrant families wade through shallow waters toward Roma, Texas, in 2021. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills, File)

SAN DIEGO — A federal judge on Friday prohibited the separation of families at the border for purposes of deterring immigration for eight years, preemptively blocking resumption of a lightning-rod, Trump-era policy that the former president hasn’t ruled out if voters return him to the White House next year.