US Officials Vastly Underestimated Border Separations

Thousands more migrant children may have been separated from their families at the US’ southern border than originally believed—though the actual number is still unknown, according to a report released yesterday by Health and Human Services. The inspector general of the agency responsible for children’s care in federal custody said it “has faced challenges in identifying separated children," BBC reported.

Earlier figures said some 3,000 children were taken from their families under President Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy last summer, which prosecuted almost all adults entering the country illegally.

The report reveals that before the zero-tolerance policy was official, the agency saw a “steep increase” in family separations at the border. Separations also continued months after Trump was court-ordered to reunite families in June. From July-November, 118 children were taken from their families.

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