Tally of children split at border tops 5,400 in new count

Tally of children split at border tops 5,400 in new count

Salvadoran migrant Epigmenio Centeno holds the hand of his three-year old son Steven Atonay outside the shelter House of the Migrant, after he has decided to stay with his children in Mexico due to U.S. President Donald Trump's child separation policy, in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico June 19, 2018. Photo by Jose Luis Gonzalez/Reuters

From NPR

 

SAN DIEGO — U.S. immigration authorities separated more than 1,500 children from their parents at the Mexico border early in the Trump administration, the American Civil Liberties Union said Thursday, bringing the total number of children separated since July 2017 to more than 5,400.

The ACLU said the administration told its attorneys that 1,556 children were separated from July 1, 2017, to June 26, 2018, when a federal judge in San Diego ordered that children in government custody be reunited with their parents.

Children from that period can be difficult to find because the government had inadequate tracking systems. Volunteers working with the ACLU are searching for some of them and their parents by going door-to-door in Guatemala and Honduras.

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