Feds Detail Plan on Reuniting Over 2,000 Separated Children in Custody

(From CBS News)

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a joint a “fact sheet” late Saturday saying that 2,053 separated minors were in their custody as of June 20. The two agencies said they are “working with relevant agency partners to foster communications and work towards reuniting every minor and every parent or guardian via well-established reunification processes.”

The fact sheet did not say how long it might take to reunite the families.

The release said that 522 children, who were in the custody of Customes and Border Protection (CBP), had been reunited with their families. Another 16 children are expected to be reunited with their families on Sunday.

According to the release, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) set up the Port Isabel Process Center in Texas as the “primary family reunification and removal center for adults in their custody.” Each ICE office has “Juvenile Coordinators” to manage these cases, HHS said.

As part of the effort, ICE officials have posted notices in all its facilities advising detained parents who are trying to find or communicate with their children to call a hotline staffed 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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