Thursday, February 25, 2021
In 2017, the Trump administration began separating families at the Southern border, prosecuting parents for unlawful entry into the United States and placing their accompanying children into foster care. By the time lawsuits were filed to challenge this program, many parents had already been deported, without their children.
Back in October, I noted that lawyers charged with reunifying migrant families separated by the Trump administration were unable to find the parents of 545 children left behind in the United States. It turns out that the number of children without identified parents was larger than that count. Since then, we've learned the following:
NBC reports that, just this month, lawyers have located the parents of 105 migrant children who'd remained separated from their families.
Lawyers have yet to locate the parents of another 506 migrant children.