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World Parents not found for 545 children separated at U.S.-Mexico border: filing

03:50  22 october  2020
03:50  22 october  2020 Source:   reuters.com

Lawyers say they can't find the parents of 545 migrant children separated by Trump administration

  Lawyers say they can't find the parents of 545 migrant children separated by Trump administration About two-thirds of the 1,000 plus parents separated from their kids under a 2017 pilot program were deported before a federal judge ordered they be found.The Trump administration instituted a "zero tolerance" policy in 2018 that separated migrant children and parents at the southern U.S. border. The administration later confirmed that it had actually begun separating families in 2017 along some portions of the border under a pilot program. The ACLU and other pro-bono law firms were tasked with finding the members of families separated during that pilot program.

Parents of 545 children separated from their families at the border as part of the Trump administration' s "zero tolerance" policy cannot be found , the American Civil Liberties Union says. About two-thirds of the parents have been deported back to their country of origin, according to a court filing .

The parents of 545 children separated at border still haven’t been found . The pandemic isn’t helping. Immigrant families wait to be searched and loaded into transport vans and buses taking them to a U . S . Border The parents of 485 children have been reached so far, lawyers said in the court filing .

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Lawyers and non-profit organizations seeking to reunite immigrant families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border by the Trump administration have not been able to locate the parents of 545 children so far.

a blurry photo of a tree: A family of migrants, part of a caravan of thousands from Central America trying to reach the United States, walk away from the border wall, after they crossed illegally from Mexico to the U.S, as seen from Tijuana © Reuters/CARLOS GARCIA RAWLINS A family of migrants, part of a caravan of thousands from Central America trying to reach the United States, walk away from the border wall, after they crossed illegally from Mexico to the U.S, as seen from Tijuana

A federal judge ordered thousands of families separated at the border in 2017 and 2018 to be reunited after a 2018 lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

Trump administration's child separations a "moral stain" — and a voter issue

  Trump administration's child separations a “Our country is beginning to explore what pro-life means," evangelical minister Luis Cortés said. "We have done something immoral and must fix it."This week, American Civil Liberties Union lawyers told a federal judge they have yet to locate the parents of 545 children and that the overwhelming majority of the children’s parents were deported.

Despite a federal judge’ s order that the government reunite families who had been separated at the U . S .- Mexico border under the Trump administration’ s «no tolerance» migration policy, the parents of 545 children still can’t be found , according to a court document filed Tuesday by the U . S

U . S . Border Patrol agents with illegal immigrants at the U . S .- Mexico border near McAllen, Texas The latest furor over Trump immigration policy involves the separation of children from parents at Where it becomes much more of an issue is if the adult files an asylum claim. In that scenario, the

A court filing in the case this week said some parents deported without their children could not yet be located.

"Arduous on-the-ground searches" for parents deported to their countries of origin - many in Central America - have been complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the filing said.

Republican U.S. President Donald Trump in May 2018 implemented a controversial "zero tolerance" policy to prosecute families caught crossing the border illegally and remove their children. Amid international outcry, Trump ended the policy just months after it was announced.

Overall, the government has identified more than 4,200 children who could fall under Judge Dana Sabraw's reunification order.

A committee formed to locate family members focused on trying to reach families of children for whom the government provided phone numbers for a sponsor or parent. But as of Oct. 20, parents of 545 children could not be reached, the filing in U.S. District Court in San Diego - first reported by NBC News - said.

"We've contacted these families and the sad truth is that many of them have declined to accept their children back," White House spokesman Brian Morgenstern told reporters on Wednesday, not addressing the assertion that hundreds of parents could not be reached.

Trump's Democratic challenger in the Nov. 3 presidential election, former Vice President Joe Biden, called the news "an outrage."

Most of the children were released from government custody to sponsors in the United States, often family members.

(Reporting by Mica Rosenberg in New York and Steve Holland in Washington D.C.; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

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"There is simply no justification for the harm caused to these innocent children," the singer writesEarlier this month, lawyers announced that they still haven't been able to locate the parents of 545 migrant children separated at the U.S.-Mexico border under the government administration's controversial "zero-tolerance" immigration policy.

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