Roommates, the Trump administration launched its “zero tolerance policy” back in 2018 which separated more than 600 migrant children from their parents. Previous reports showed children being held in detention facilities under harsh living conditions, and it is now being reported that lawyers have plans to reunite more than 100 of those families.
According to NBC News, a team of pro-bono lawyers and advocates have been working to reunite these children with their parents, and the team reported Wednesday that they have found the parents of 105 children in the past month.
The last time the team reported data to a federal judge, a total of 611 children had been separated from their parents and these lawyers are still working to help the remaining 506. According to the report, the lawyers said the parents of more than 300 children may have been deported.
The Biden administration recently created a task force with the primary responsibility of finding and reuniting these families, and it is now being reported that the task force will work alongside this group of lawyers to do so.
As we previously reported, it has been more than two years that these children have been without their parents, and many of them have been living in unsafe conditions at border patrol facilities. More than 300 children were relocated after lawyers who visited two Texas facilities reported unlivable conditions.
“Almost every child I spoke with had not showered or bathed since they crossed the border–some of them more than three weeks ago,” Elora Mukherjee, director of the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic reported at the time. “There is a stench that emanated from some of the children because they haven’t had an opportunity to put on clean clothes and to take a shower.”
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