Trump Campaign Spox Claims Parents Of Separated Children Don’t Want Them Back
Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh claimed Friday that the reason some migrant families separated by the Trump administration have not been reunited is because the parents don’t want their children back, according to The Independent.
- Murtaugh’s claim follows reports last week that the federal government has been unable to find the parents of 545 children who were separated from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border in 2017.
Lawyers have been unable to find the parents of the children, after the majority of families were deported back to Central America, according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
A court filing from ACLU showed that they have only made contact with parents of 550 children out of the close to 1,000 families separated at the border in 2017, according to NBC News.
- Murtaugh told CNN’s “New Day” it is a “regrettable situation” but added: “The fact is it's not as simple as you make it sound or Joe Biden made it sound on the stage last night to locate the parents who are in other countries.”
- Murtaugh continued: “And when they do locate them, it has been DHS’ experience that in many cases the parents do not want the children returned.”
- He said again later in the interview: “You have to locate the parents and when they are located in these other countries in many cases...the parents do not want the children sent back to them in their home countries.”
However, the more than 500 parents separated from their children at the border have not been contacted by the steering committee appointed to the task, meaning that they do not know the families’ preference.