At least 545 migrant children in the United States are still separated from their parents because the families had entered the country illegally, according to the American human rights organization American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Wednesday.
‘Children were already separated from their parents in 2017’
“In our legal action, we just reported to the court that the parents of 545 children – forcibly separated by the Trump administration’s brutal family divorce policy – still cannot be found,” the ACLU reported.
The US began policy segregation of migrant families in May 2018 as part of US President Donald Trump’s zero tolerance policy. After six weeks, the practices were stopped again because of the commotion. A federal judge cracked down on the policy after images of crying children in cages came out. Only in cases where the parents were “a risk” to their children were they still separated from each other.
In a 2018 court order, the US government was ordered to do everything possible to reunite the children and their parents, but the government’s failure to keep track of what happened to the parents has not always succeeded.
The 545 migrant children whose parents have not yet been found probably belong to the group of children who were already separated from their parents in 2017 in the context of a policy trial.
From a court document held by news channel CNN appears that two thirds of the missing parents may have already been deported. Most come from countries in Central America, such as Guatemala and Honduras.