IG: Migrant Children Waited Overnight In Vans To Be Reunited With Parents
NBC News reported Monday that the inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security has confirmed the network’s prior reporting that migrant children were left waiting in vans for hours, and in some cases overnight, as the department sought to reunify separated families.
- “NBC News previously reported that in July 2018, children were left waiting in the parking lot of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facility in Port Isabel, Texas, due to an breakdown in logistics and communication between ICE and the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement, which was responsible for the separated migrant children,” the outlet wrote.
- A federal judge had ordered the more than 2,800 children separated from their parents by the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy to be returned to their parents.
- In a report published August 19, the inspector general “said 73 migrant children were left waiting between 10 and 41 hours before they were reunited with their parents, who were being held inside the Port Isabel facility.”
- The wait times were attributed “to ICE and the HHS Office of Refugee Settlement having ‘fundamentally different understandings about the timing and pace of reunifications.’”
In a response to the inspector general, ICE said “it remains committed to ensuring the appropriate care of all individuals in its custody.”