After Reunification Deadline, Some Separated Children and “Missing Parents” Remain

(From NBC News)

One day after a court-ordered deadline to reunite separated migrant children, Trump administration lawyers told a judge that around 1,440 children have been reunited with their parents — and that around 1,000 of those families face immediate deportation orders.

In all, the government either reunified around 1,820 children with their parents or put them in the care of other family members or sponsors, government lawyers told U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw of San Diego on Friday.

Sabraw, who ordered the government in June to reunify migrant children separated under the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy, said that the government “deserves great credit” for its actions to reunify those more than 1,800 separated children.

But he also said that step two in the matter is turning to 650 children who were deemed “ineligible” to be reunited by the government, particularly what he called “missing parents” who have already been deported without their children — which is believed to be 431, according to court filings.

A total of 2,551 migrant children were taken from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, many of whom were separated under the “zero tolerance” policy that called for the prosecution of all immigrants crossing the border illegally.

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