Trump’s administration under the “Zero Tolerance policy” left staggering numbers of Children without parents, not dead but they were separated at the Mexico – USA border.
In three and a half years, between July 1, 2017 and January 20, 2021, 3,951 children were separated from their parents at the U.S. Mexico border. Many parents were placed in U.S. detention or deported back to their countries of origin while their children were sent to government shelters around the U.S.
On Feb. 2, 2021, the Biden administration set up an Inter-agency Task Force to fully account for the separations and reunify children still separated from their parents or legal guardians. The task force identified 2,187 children who already had been reunified with their parents or legal guardians during the Trump administration in response to court orders and efforts by non-governmental organizations.
However, 1,764 children remained separated.
The task force publishes a progress report on its work every 60 days. According to the latest report, published Nov. 29, 2021, there were:
280 children, No contact information available and reunification status unknown.
1,217 children, Contact information available but not yet reunified. These are typically children whose parents have been located but have not begun the reunification process.