Trump Administration Lied About Number of Separated Children
There were an additional 100 children separated from their parents, according to a new report.
A previously unreported 100 minors who were separated from their families when they crossed the U.S. southern border since the Trump administration's zero-tolerance policy went into effect in early April are now with "sponsors," Buzzfeed reports. It is unclear who, exactly, the sponsors of the 100 separated minors are. They could include family members, friends, or parents already living in the U.S. or a family member who is being deported along with the child. The 100 children are in addition to the 2,053 who were separated and are still in custody, the 522 who have been reunited, and the 16 who were scheduled to be reunited but were delayed because of bad weather. The Trump administration said in an email Saturday there are plans in place to reunite separated children with family. The plans include a hotline, "Juvenile Coordinators who manage these cases," and an "identification mechanism."