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Peck writes: "During a conference call with reporters and U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw on Friday afternoon, government officials acknowledged that as many as 20 percent of the youngest children ripped from their parents on Donald Trump's orders won't be reunified with their families any time soon."

A migrant mother feeds a bottle to her daughter in a shelter in Tijuana, Mexico. (photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)
A migrant mother feeds a bottle to her daughter in a shelter in Tijuana, Mexico. (photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)


Trump Administration Admits They've Lost Track of Roughly 20 Percent of Toddlers' Parents

By Adam Peck, ThinkProgress

10 July 18


And only half of the youngest children abducted by the Trump administration will be reunited by the court-imposed deadline.

uring a conference call with reporters and U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw on Friday afternoon, government officials acknowledged that as many as 20 percent of the youngest children ripped from their parents on Donald Trump’s orders won’t be reunified with their families any time soon.

The revelation comes a day after Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar assured the public that the government would meet the court’s July 10 deadline to reunite children under the age of 5 with their parents, only to immediately backtrack.

On a conference call, officials from HHS said they expect approximately half of the roughly 100 children under the age of five to be reunited with their parents by Tuesday, the deadline imposed by Judge Sabraw in a decision last week.

But they also acknowledged that they do not know the whereabouts of the parents of roughly 20 percent of the toddlers still in custody, and likely won’t meet the July 10 deadline.

The humanitarian crisis caused by Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy has resulted in thousands of young children being separated from their parents at the border and relocated to hastily constructed and poorly managed prison camps around the country. An executive order from the White House curbed the practice of child separation, but did nothing to address the children who had already been abducted. It took a court order from Judge Sabraw to force the government to begin reuniting children with their parents. In addition to the July 10 deadline for the youngest children held in captivity, the government has until July 26 to reunite the remaining minors with their families.


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+3 # krallison 2018-07-10 22:55
Trump personally should be sued by these people. What a horror show this has been with no proper records kept, just kids warehoused in the worst conditions and now without their parents for who knows how long
 
 
+3 # Angels 2018-07-11 00:35
What the fuck? These babies? Our babies cannot find their mothers? What the fuck? We are undone as a country, we are morally bankrupt, look to your right and then to your left and see the people who are morally bankrupt. We are undone.
 
 
+2 # PeacefulGarden 2018-07-11 05:13
Where oh where are the "Right To Life" people now? I haven't heard a single bleep from a single church in the bible belt? Could it be that they really are not "Right To Life" people after all? Could it be they are really not Christians after all?

Where are they?
 
 
0 # lfeuille 2018-07-11 19:06
A couple have. Franklin Graham has condemned the separations as well as some evangelical bishop who's name I can't remember.
 
 
0 # fresh aire 2018-07-11 06:56
Has the President ever thought how he and Melania would feel should Barron be forcefully taken from them by the police and not knowing if they would ever see him again?
 
 
0 # lfeuille 2018-07-11 19:08
Melania would probably be upset but he would just try to fake it. The only one of his children he really cares about is Ivanka but for the wrong reasons.
 
 
+3 # Kootenay Coyote 2018-07-11 08:10
‘Sorry, Sir or Madam, we have lost your child forever. (times ~100)’ Aggravated Child Abuse + Kidnapping: thanks for your firm support of compassionate & righteous civilization, Mr. Trump.
 
 
+2 # campaws@gmx.com 2018-07-11 11:34
And just exactly what did these govt officials think would become of these "orphaned" children? Were they to become american citizens, immigrants all? Or were they to be raised in this country to be later exiled to a country to which they knew nothing of customs or language...!!! Save me, and all of us from such total lack of fore thought.
 

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