The Trump administration has removed 3,900 migrant children from their parents.

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Nearly four years, the Trump administration separated over 3,900 children from their families at the US-Mexico border, leaving more than half without a verifiable record of reunion, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

In a new report from the Interagency Task Force on the Reunification of Families, the department said the families were broken up during the roughly four years of former President Donald Trump’s “zero-tolerance” policy on undocumented immigrants crossing the border.

Children were removed from their parents and placed in the care of the Department of Health and Human Services under that policy. The parents were subsequently punished for crossing the border illegally, and some were deported back to their native countries.

The Department of Homeland Security stated that, with the assistance of non-governmental organisations, it identified 3,913 people who were separated as a result of zero-tolerance rules. Of those, 1,779 were reunited with their families, but there is no record of proven reunion for the remaining 2,127.

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“The Department of Homeland Security is committed to the relentless pursuit of reunifying families who were cruelly separated by the previous Administration,” said Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, who serves as the chairman of the task force.

“When we reunified the first seven families last month, I said that this was just the beginning. In the coming weeks, we will reunify 29 more families. In close coordination with non-governmental organizations, legal, and interagency partners, the task force will continue this critical work.”


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