The Trump administration’s zero tolerance border policy may have led to the government separating a family of U.S. citizens.
Defendants are unable to conclusively determine whether the parent is a class member, and records show the parent and child might be U.S. citizens.
According to two U.S. Attorneys and six officials within the Department of Justice identified in the Tuesday filing, ICE itself tends to believe that U.S. immigration agents separated a family of U.S. citizens-and then lost track of the parent while keeping the child in the custody of an unmentioned government agency.
The Trump administration says they expect to have reunited a total of 38 children by the end of Tuesday-and may possibly reunite as many as 60 or more.
From the report, “Defendants contend that the above numbers show that Defendants are in compliance with the Court’s order.”
Plaintiffs received Defendants’ updated numbers within the past hour, and have no independent verification that these numbers are accurate, or that there are not additional children under five who should be on the government’s list.
Plaintiffs can state the following: By today’s deadline, Defendants only plan to reunify about half of the parents with children under five years old.