Reuniting thousands of migrant children separated from their parents or guardians at the U.S.-Mexico border will be impossible say Trump administration immigration officials.
“The Trump administration said in a court filing that reuniting thousands of migrant children separated from their parents or guardians at the U.S.-Mexico border may not be “within the realm of the possible.”
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is reportedly reallocating more than $260 million in funds this year to house the increased number of detained migrant children.
According to a letter from HHS Secretary Alex Azar obtained by Yahoo News, more than $180 million coming from medical-related programs within the department, such as cancer research. The other $80 million is coming from refugee funds that were allocated to help refugees but are not being used.
The government of El Salvador said that three Salvadoran children, ages 12 to 17, were victims of sex abuse at shelters run by the United States government in Arizona. They have asked U.S. officials to step up their efforts to return the children to their home country as quickly as possible.
On July 23rd we reported that:
“More than 450 immigrant parents who were separated from their children when they entered the United States illegally are no longer in the country though their children remain behind, according to a joint court filing on Monday by the federal government and the American Civil Liberties Union.”
President Donald Trump’s zero tolerance immigration policy which resulted in several thousand migrant children being separated from their families has caused an international outcry and a political backlash within the United States. And despite Trump’s executive order reversing the policy of separating migrant families, most of the children have not been reunited with their parents. In fact, it is possible that some children may never be reunited.
Last week a federal judge issued an order to the Trump Administration saying they had just two weeks to reunite the separated families. With that deadline looming HHS is now reportedly doing DNA tests as they attempt to verify family relationships between the children and the adults claiming to be their parents or other relatives.
The Trump administration’s battle against children, asylum seekers, and human decency continued on Tuesday. Administration officials have now told U.S. immigration agents that they must force the parents of separated children to leave the country.
The Trump administration now says that because of a recent court ruling which barred separating migrant children from their families it has the right to detain migrant children with their parents for months or even years as they wait for their immigration cases to be resolved.