Trump administration separated THOUSANDS MORE migrant children from their parents at the border than it admitted, reveals watchdog
- Inspector General of Health and Human Services says that the actual number of children that is separated from migrant families & # 39; thousands & # 39; more than granted
- Trump administration has admitted 2,700 children divided over the adults who illegally crossed the border during the zero tolerance policy
- But the IG report says the true number is unknown and estimated to be & # 39; thousands & # 39; higher, based on interviews with employees of Health and Human Services
- Trump called the zero tolerance after having protested about children in cages in June, but IG says the divorce has continued since then
- Auditor said that at least 118 children had been separated between 1 July and 7 November
- Homeland Security Department claimed that 65 of them were split from parents with a criminal history, but could not give details of crimes for all of them
The Trump administration may have & thousands; & # 39; more immigrant children separated from their parents than previously known but keeping insufficient data means that the precise number is still unclear, said an internal watchdog on Wednesday.
The office of Inspector General of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said that the agency had identified many more children, in addition to the 2,737 who had been included as part of a class action lawsuit against the divorces of the American Civil Liberties. Union. last year.
President Donald Trump's government implemented a zero tolerance policy to lead criminal prosecution and imprisonment of all illegal frontiermen, even those traveling with their children, to a wave of divorces last year.
But the accountant said in a report that prior to the officially announced policy the government had called for separations for other reasons related to the safety and welfare of a child, including the separation of parents with criminal records or the lack of the correct documents.
These separations were only kept informally, making it impossible for the auditor to know the exact number.
President Donald Trump was forced to revoke the family divorce policy this summer after an outburst. He was seen in the Pentagon on Thursday and talked about military and civilian leaders
Call: The policy of separating all children from the adults who illegally crossed the border led to outrage among children held in cages, which led to Trump's policy being terminated. But the watchdog says that the separations have been continued after that
Evidence: this photo of children in the Rio Grande Valley centralized processing center in Rio Grande City, Texas, was one of the images that led to calls to end the zero tolerance policy
& # 39; The total number and current status of all children separated from their parents or guardians … is unknown & # 39 ;, according to the report.
There may still be thousands of them, because family separations took place much earlier, during an influx that began in 2017, researchers found.
The image of the administration of a small m has identified slightly more than 2,700 children who were separated from their families. That figure was released as part of a lawsuit in which a federal judge allowed the families to reunite.
Despite the & # 39; substantial & # 39; The department's efforts to find all the children who were housed with her after the immigration authorities separated them from their families, officials were still finding new cases for as long as five months after the court's order required re-unifications, the report said. .
Researchers have expressed concern about the children who have not been identified, because they were not covered by the reunification order of Judge Dana Sabraw.
That directive did not apply to & # 39; an estimated thousands of children who (immigration authorities) divorced during an influx that began in 2017, "the report said.
Most of those children would have been placed with sponsors before the lawsuit.
The policy aroused indignation when it became public, and the resistance led to Trump signing an exchange rate for executive power on June 20.
Still in custody: teenage migrants who were queuing at the Tornillo prison camp in Tornillo, Texas were caught in December
But since then, the divisions have continued, according to the report. HHS, which runs the Office of Refugee Resettlement responsible for childcare, told the auditor that at least 118 were separated between 1 July and 7 November 2018.
The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said that 65 of those 118 children were divorced because the parents had a criminal history, but in some cases the agency did not provide the details of that history.
The DHS did not respond immediately to a request for comment on the findings of the report.
The accountant has expressed concerns about the fact that the government still does not adequately count divorce cases.
& # 39; It is not yet clear whether recent changes in ORR systems and processes are sufficient to ensure consistent and accurate data on divorced children & nbsp ;, according to the report.