The Trump administration announced that all eligible small children separated from their families as a result of the administration’s zero tolerance immigration policy have been reunited with their parents.
The courts mandated that the administration was to reunite children with their families.The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on behalf of a woman separated from her child and the U.S. District Court Judge Dana Sabraw ordered all children be reunited with their parents.
Fifty-seven children have been reunited with their families as of Thursday morning, according to administration officials.
However, 46 of the children under 5 remain separated from their families. Nearly 3000 children over 5 remain in government facilities and foster homes. The administration said this is due to safety concerns, the deportation of their parents, and other issues. The administration did not say how they plan to reunite the families whose parents had been deported, but that they would not let parents back into the country to recover their children.
The heads of the three agencies responsible for the process made a statement regarding these issues. “Throughout the reunification process, our goal has been the well-being of the children and returning them to a safe environment. Of course, there remains a tremendous amount of hard work and similar obstacles facing our teams in reuniting the remaining families. The Trump administration does not approach this mission lightly.”