By Sarah Keane • 21 October 2020 • 14:39
HUNDREDS of migrant children who were separated from parents by the Trump administration have still not been reunited with their families.
Trump’s ‘pilot program’, which mainly took place near the border in El Paso, Texas, was coined as a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to deter migrants from entering the country illegally, as they risked losing their children.
Now, parents of 545 migrant children who were separated from their offspring at the US border are still unable to be located, a court filing revealed Tuesday.
According to NBC, more than 1,000 parents were separated from their children during the program, which ran between April and December 2017.
Nearly three years on, lawyers and activists are no closer to reuniting hundreds of kids taken from their parents.
The ‘pilot program’, which largely took place near the border in El Paso, Texas, was separate to the official ‘family separation policy’ which took place the following year.
‘Through our litigation, we just reported to the court that the parents of 545 kids – forcibly separated by the Trump administration’s cruel family separation practice – still cannot be found,’ the American Civil Liberties Union tweeted.
It has been reported that many of the migrant families came from Central America.
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
Alternate headline: Trump administration saves 500 children from strangers using the children to scam the border controls.
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