Report: Lawyers Unable To Find Parents Of 545 Children Separated By Trump Admin
NBC News reports that lawyers working to reunite families separated at the southern U.S. border by the Trump administration have yet to locate the parents of 545 migrant children.
- A Tuesday filing from the American Civil Liberties Union also said about two-thirds of the parents were deported to Central America without their children.
- The ACLU and other law firms were tasked with reuniting families that were separated during a pilot program conducted prior to the Trump administration’s 2018 implementation of its “zero tolerance” policy.
- While many of the families separated in 2018 remained in custody when the policy was ended, many of the more than 1,000 parents separated from their children under the pilot program had been deported before a California judge ordered them found.
The ACLU and other organizations that are part of a court-appointed "steering committee" learned that more than 1,000 families were separated in 2017 based on data provided by the Department of Homeland Security.
Of those, the committee has been able to contact the parents of more than 550 children and believes about 25 of them may have a chance to come back to the U.S. for reunification.
- Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project, told NBC News: "The tragic reality is that hundreds of parents were deported to Central America without their children, who remain here with foster families or distant relatives."