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Over 100 Separated Immigrant Children Find Their Parents

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By Manoj Rijal, LOS ANGELES:- More than 100 immigrant children, who were separated during the Trump administration, have managed to find their parents, according to lawyers working to reunite the immigrant parents with their separated children.

Still, parents of more than 500 children are missing and more than 320 of them are suspected to have been deported to Central and South America, where they came from.

A federal judge is overseeing the process of reuniting the children with their parents, to whom the lawyers have to submit their periodical report on the progress of the matter.

Under the Biden administration, a task force was recently formed with the objectives of finding and reuniting the separated families of the migrants.

They were separated by the “zero-tolerance policy” of the Trump administration in 2018, under which migrant parents and their children were kept in separate detention centers.

In their court filing, lawyers representing the separated families and working to reunite them said they would work with the task force.

“We expect the task force to resolve many of the outstanding issues pertaining to the lawsuit which was filed in California and which resulted in the reunification process,” said the lawyers working for the Justice Department.

Many of the parents agreed to be deported without their children, so that that would allow their children to remain in the U.S. to claim asylum, according to their lawyers.

“There have to be certain commitment from the task force to bring the deported parents back to the U.S. under special protections, so that they could reunite with their children,” Lee Gelernt, a lawyer representing the separated families in the lawsuit, was quoted as saying.

Date: 2/25/2021

 

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