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Migrant kids still separated as new report finds Trump admin tore up far more families than reported

OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Honduran father Juan and his six-year-old son Anthony do laundry at a laundromat on September 9, 2018 in Oakland, California. They fled their country, leaving many family members behind, and crossed the U.S. border in April at a lawful port of entry in Brownsville, Texas seeking asylum. They were soon separated and spent the next 85 days apart in detention. Juan was sent to Tulsa, Oklahoma, while his son was sent to a New York detention shelter. They were one of almost 2,600 families separated due to the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy. Juan said it took six weeks from the time of separation until he was able to make a phone call to his son. They were finally reunited in July and are now living in Oakland as their asylum cases are adjudicated. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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Nearly 80 days past a federal judge’s reunification order, the children are still not with their parents. Friday, October 12, marks 78 days since Judge Dana Sabraw ordered the Trump administration to reunite the thousands of migrant children who were kidnapped from the arms of parents at the southern border, yet over 100 kids remain under U.S. custody.

The separations continue as a new report from Amnesty International finds the administration tore up far more families than officials publicly admitted. “The report calculates that more than 6,000 people (including at least 3,000 children) were separated from relatives at the border from late spring to mid-August (with the bulk of those separations happening before the end of the Trump administration’s ‘zero tolerance” policy, after a public outcry, in late June),” Vox’s Dara Lind reports.

“Without any understanding of how many families were actually separated or who they are,” Rewire’s Tina Vasquez reports, “there’s no way to know who has been prioritized for reunification, who remains separated, and whose families are being acknowledged as families.” This is a humanitarian disaster created by—and continued by—the Trump administration.


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