Migrant children reunited with parents in the US


Migrant children reunited with parents in the US

With only a week before the 26 July deadline, the Trump administration has reunited only 14% of the migrant children who were separated from their parents at the US-Mexico border as a part of the “zero tolerance” immigration policy.

According to a new court filing, 364 separated migrant children over the age of five have been reunited with their families following the administrations’s border crackdown.

Government lawyers have stated over 900 parents are “not eligible or not yet known to be eligible” for reunification, reports the BBC. This while over 2,000 children identified for unification are yet to be reunited with their families.

According to the filing, the government has deemed 1,606 parents as “possibly eligible” to be reunited with their children – of that total, they have cleared 848 parents, and 222 parents have been released. Over 500 of these “possibly eligible” cases are still pending.

In all, the government will need to finish the evaluation or interview process for, at minimum, 1,200 parents by next week’s deadline, according to the report.

Further to this, the government has said that all eligible children under the age five have now been reunited with their families.


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