Parents of 545 migrant children separated by US border policy cannot be found

October, 2020
United States of America

A court-appointed steering committee has been working to locate the families of children separated by a controversial border policy. The policy was overturned in court soon after it came to light.

A court filing revealed that the parents of 545 children separated because of a US border policy cannot be found.

A steering committee appointed by the court has been trying to locate the families of separated children, as part of an ongoing process. The committee attempted to reach families of 1,030 children.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) rights group said its litigation had reported to the court that the parents had not yet been located.

Under its “zero tolerance” policy, the Trump administration had been separating migrant children from their parents at the southern border. A court order put a stop to the policy in mid-2018, unless parents were deemed to pose a “risk” to their children, leading to around 2,700 families being reunited.

However, it later emerged that more than 1,000 families had been separated under a pilot of this policy before 2018. The ACLU said it believed around two-thirds of those parents are believed to have been deported to their countries of origin. Volunteers had been searching by going door to door in countries like Guatemala and Honduras.

The children were released from government custody, and are most likely with a sponsor, said CNN.

Source: DW