Monday, August 8

The US still cannot find the parents of 337 children separated at the border by Trump

The United States Government has not yet managed to find the parents of 337 children separated from them on the border with Mexico by the Donald Trump administration.

According to a new document that the Department of Justice and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed in court last Wednesday, lawyers, activists and officials from the Biden Administration have successfully reunited 861 children and their parents, but 337 minors are still waiting.

In February, the Biden Administration launched the Family Reunification Task Force (FRTF), as part of its efforts to counter the controversial policy of “zero tolerance” applied by the Trump Administration to incriminate any adult who crossed the border.

The policy led to the separation of thousands of families and was harshly criticized by human rights organizations and NGOs in defense of immigration. Since the creation of the government task force, 45 children have been reunited with their families.

Children of deportees

According to the report, the 337 children who cannot find their parents fall into three categories. The first is made up of 250 children whose parents are believed to have been deported from the United States after being separated from their children. The second group corresponds to 75 children whose parents supposedly reside in the United States. The third includes 12 children whose parents, sponsors or lawyers the Government has not been able to obtain the telephone number.

In addition to its attempts to contact parents, sponsors and lawyers by telephone, the government group deploys territorial searches of parents, mostly concentrated in the countries of origin of parents expelled from the United States after being separated from their children.

Despite efforts to reform Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy, Biden has warned immigrants not to enter the country. In an interview With ABC in March, Biden said his message to immigrants was: “Don’t come. Do not leave your town, city or community ”.

According to data from the United States Customs and Border Protection, more than 200,000 migrants They arrived at the southern border of the country in July. This is the highest figure in 20 years.

Among the 200,000 migrants there was another record: 19,000 unaccompanied minors, according to David Shahoulian, undersecretary for border and immigration policy at the Department of Homeland Security.

Translation of Julián Cnochaert