New York Times: US Separated More Families

A US policy that separated more than 2700 children from parents seeking asylum at the border with Mexico shocked the world in 2018. A government inspector’s report reviewing the policies uggests thousands more separations may have occurred before the country’s zero-tolerance immigration policy was launched in spring 2018. With no explanations to parents, border agents placed children in shelters or foster care, failing to maintain adequate records to allow reunification. “Thousands of children may have been separated during an influx that began in 2017, before the accounting required by the court, the report said,” explains the New York Times. “Thus, the total number of children separated from a parent or guardian by immigration authorities is ‘unknown,’ because of the lack of a coordinated formal tracking system between the Office of Refugee Resettlement, the arm of Health and Human Services that takes in the children, and the Department of Homeland Security, which separated them from their parents.” US officials have admitted the intention was to deter immigration. Miriam Jordan describes a bureaucratic nightmare for the families fleeing poverty and gang violence in Central America. The American Civil Liberties Union continues to press for answers and reunifications in the legal system. – YaleGlobal

New York Times: US Separated More Families

US Health and Human Services Inspector General investigated country’s border policies and found more children were separated from parents than reported in 2018
Miriam Jordan
Monday, January 21, 2019

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Miriam Jordan is a national immigration correspondent. She reports from a grassroots perspective on the impact of immigration policy on people in the country legally and illegally; on the labor market and on demographics. Since joining The Times, she has sought to enlighten readers about visas known by esoteric acronyms, such as H-1B and H-2A, as well as programs known as DACA and TPS, and by profiling the lives of immigrant workers. She has produced portraits of small-town America as it welcomes, and grapples with, new diversity. Glenn Thrush contributed reporting from Washington.

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