The government of US President Joe Biden announced on Tuesday that it had identified more than 3,900 children who had been separated from their parents on the US-Mexican border during the government of former President Donald Trump. She pursued a policy of “zero tolerance” for illegal border crossings. The AP news agency informed about it.
It is one of the more detailed reports on a chapter in American immigration history that has provoked strong criticism from around the world.
The Biden administration’s reunification working group counted 3,913 children separated from their parents from 1 July 2017 until the end of Trump’s presidency. However, this is significantly less than the more than 5,500 children identified and filed in lawsuits by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), based on government information.
The task force added that it had identified “almost all” children who had been separated from their parents under a zero-tolerance policy, but would review another 1,723 cases from July 2017. So the total number of cases examined will rise to 5,636, which is close to the ACLU.
This difference in numbers appears to be largely due to a decision by a federal court in San Diego to exclude 1,723 children because they were separated from the family for reasons other than Trump’s zero-tolerance policy, such as child endangerment or parenting concerns.
The working group will also try to find out whether the children were separated from their parents during the first six months of the Trump government since January 2017, a period not included in the ACLU lawsuit. This can increase the final number of separated children.
Of the 3,913 children, 1786 reunited with their parents, mostly during Trump’s presidency; they managed to contact the parents of another 1965 children and the place of residence of 391 parents was not found. Many of the parents’ children contacted by the authorities were passed on to other family members.
The report contains data that has not yet been published. Nearly 60 percent of children separated under the zero-tolerance policy came from Guatemala (2,270), followed by children from Honduras (1,150), El Salvador (281), Mexico (75), Brazil (74) and Romania (23).
The Biden administration has committed to reuniting parents with their separated children, but the pace is slow and it is not clear how many cases will eventually be involved.
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