US reunites 522 children separated from families after Donald Trump ends zero-tolerance immigration policy

After Donald Trump signed an executive order to end the Zero Tolerance policy, 522 children have been reunited till then. However, few children will remain separated if the familial relationship cannot be confirmed.

Reuters June 24, 2018 11:10:50 IST
US reunites 522 children separated from families after Donald Trump ends zero-tolerance immigration policy

Washington: The U.S. Homeland Security Department said on late Saturday that the government has reunited 522 children separated from adults as part of a 'Zero Tolerance' initiative and plans to reunite another 16 children over the next 24 hours.

The department said in a statement that US Customs and Border Protection expects a small number of children separated for reasons other than zero tolerance, including if the familial relationship cannot be confirmed.

US reunites 522 children separated from families after Donald Trump ends zerotolerance immigration policy

Representational image. Reuters

President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order to end his policy of separating immigrant children from their families on the US-Mexico border, after images of youngsters in cages sparked outrage at home and abroad.

The department also said the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has 2,053 separated minors in HHS-funded facilities “and is working with relevant agency partners to foster communications and work towards reuniting every minor and every parent or guardian via well-established reunification processes.”

Currently, 17 percent of minors in HHS funded facilities were placed there as a result of the Zero Tolerance enforcement effort, and the remaining 83 percent arrived in the United States without a parent or guardian, it said.

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