Economy US has split up families throughout its history Updated : June 21, 2018 11:25 AM IST Some critics of the forced separation of Latino children from their migrant parents say the practice is unprecedented. But it's not the first time the US government has split up families, detained children or allowed others to do so. Throughout American history, during times of war and unrest, authorities have cited various reasons and laws to take children away from their parents. Subscribe to Moneycontrol PRO at just Rs.33/- per month for the first year. Use code SUPERPRO. Limited period offer. Available on Web and Android.