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Published: Sun, June 24, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Trump Administration Reunites 522 Immigrant Children With Adults

Trump Administration Reunites 522 Immigrant Children With Adults

It wasn't clear how numerous 522 children had been reunited with parents or guardians since Trump announced on Wednesday that the government would no longer separate families.

Trump administration officials say the USA government knows the location of all children in its custody after separating them from their families at the border and is working to reunite them.

As of June 20, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) had 2,053 separated minors being cared for in HHS-funded facilities, and it was "working with relevant agency partners to foster communications and work towards reuniting every minor and every parent or guardian via well-established reunification processes".

The statement set out a process for divided family members to locate one another following days of confusion about how the administration would reunite children taken from caregivers under President Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" approach toward border crossings.

In recent weeks the number of migrants arrested along the Mexico border has declined slightly, according to the latest enforcement data.

The Washington Post reported that Border Patrol was backing off the administration's plans to criminally prosecute all parents who cross illegally into the United States because it does not have the resources needed to enact such a policy. Children caught by the border patrol are supposed to be sent to HHS within 72 hours. The parents, once their jail time was up, ended up in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement facilities.

A parent or guardian trying to determine if a child is in the custody of HHS should contact the Office of Refugee Resettlement National Call Center at 1-800-203-7001, or via email information@ORRNCC.com.

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 overseas. There is a central database that HHS and DHS can both access and update if the location of a parent or child changes, the agencies said.

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