Lawyers Say They Can't Find The Parents For 545 Separated Children
545 children have been effectively orphaned by the Trump administration, as the parents who were separated from them and deported cannot be found, according to lawyers tasked with finding them. 360 of the children taken captive by the Trump administration are themselves unaccounted for. In 2018, the Trump administration separated approximately 2,800 families at the U.S.-Mexico border after it initiated a ‘zero tolerance’ policy. However, the administration had begun separating families a year earlier in 2017 under a pilot program. Under that pilot program, about 1,000 parents were separated from their children, with no plan to reunite them.
Lawyers appointed by a federal judge to search for the parents of the separated children have yet to track down parents of 545 children, and about two-thirds of those parents were deported to Central America without their children. 'Some of these children were just babies when they were separated,' an ACLU lawyer told NPR. 'Some of these children may now have been separated for more than half their lives. Almost their whole life, they have not been with their parents.'