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US Trump administration unable to give reliable count of family separations, watchdog says

21:25  27 november  2019
21:25  27 november  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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The Trump administration is unable to verify the total number of families separated or reunited in the wake of its "zero tolerance" policy, because of "widespread errors" in tracking data, according to a new Homeland Security inspector general report.

The government watchdog found that the department did not have the information technology system needed to track separated migrant families. Rather, Customs and Border Protection "adopted various ad hoc methods to record and track family separations."

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The controversial policy, which aimed to refer all adults entering the US illegally for prosecution, caused outrage among activists, lawyers and the public, and eventually led to a presidential executive order calling for families to be kept together.

Deficiencies in tracking separations and reunifications have been widely reported, as well as revealed in an ongoing court case. The newly released inspector general audit is a follow-up to a September report that found the department was not fully prepared to implement the policy or deal with its aftermath.

Since the end to the policy, top Homeland Security officials have acknowledged the department's inability to efficiently reunite families and have said it caused the public to lose trust in the department.

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"The downstream effect of ad hoc typing in case notes became apparent when CBP headquarters began efforts to identify separated families needing reunification after the policy ended in June 2018," according to the latest report.

Officials were aware of the deficiencies since at least November 2017, more than a year before the full policy was rolled out, according to the latest report.

The inspector general's office identified 1,233 children with potential family relationships that were not accurately recorded by CBP, between October 2017 and February 2019.

The department estimated that Border Patrol agents separated 3,014 children from their families while the policy was in place. And estimated 2,155 reunifications in response to a court order. However, according to the report, "without a reliable account of all family relationships," the inspector general "could not validate the total number of separations, or reunifications."

Additionally, the report found that the zero tolerance policy didn't achieve its intended goal of ending so-called "catch-and-release."

The department concurred with the inspector general's recommendations in the latest audit but took issue with some of the methodology used. The draft report "included inflated numbers that will lead to misunderstandings and misperceptions" of the department's efforts and compliance with court orders, wrote DHS liaison to the inspector general, Jim Crumpacker.

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