Last month lawyers directed to find migrant families isolated by the Trump Administration said they couldn’t find guardians for 545 children. According to NBC News, 121 more children were found who need to be reunited with their families.
These children are still waiting to be reunited with their families after more than two years since they were separated at the Mexican border. A source familiar with the data states that nearly 20 percent, or 129, of those children, were under 5 at the time of the separation.
Lawyers striving to reunite the migrant families separated by the Trump administration previously and during its “zero tolerance” policy at the border currently accept the number of isolated kids for whom they have not had the option to discover guardians is 666, which higher than they told a federal judge a month ago, according to an email received by NBC News.
In the email, Steven Herzog, the attorney leading efforts to reunite the families, describes that the number is higher because the new group includes people whom the government did not give any number. In the email, Herzog also asked the U.S. Justice Department lawyers for “any available updated contact information” that would help lawyers track down the parents of all 666 children.”We would appreciate the government providing any available updated contact information or other information that may be helpful in establishing contact for all 666 of these parents.” She stated.
President-elect Joe Biden has promised to build up a government task force that would work to reunite all migrant families separated by Trump administration policies. But Biden has so far not decided whether separated parents will be given the opportunity to come to the U.S. to reunite with their children and pursue claims to asylum.
The Trump administration imposed a “zero tolerance” policy on the U.S./Mexico border between April and June 2018 under which undocumented migrant parents and children were separated. Nearly 20 percent, or 129, of those children, were under 5 at the time of the separation, according to a source familiar with the data. These children are still waiting to be reunited with their families after more than two years since they were separated at the Mexican border. According to a new report, the number is to be higher than previously disclosed.