Sunday, December 1, 2019
Astrid Galvan for the Associated Press (DHS Lacked Technology Needed to Successfully Account for Separated Migrant Families) provides a follow-up to the Trump administration policy of separating families with children. The policy sparked a firestorm of controversy and was abandoned.
The U.S. government separated thousands of families despite knowing it lacked the technology to document and track their whereabouts. As a result, some parents languished in custody for weeks without knowing where their children were. The report by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General found the agency lacked proper systems when Border Patrol agents took children from parents set to be criminally prosecuted for illegal entry. Most of those separations took place in the spring of 2018.