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Trump Administration Begins Reuniting Migrant Children With Families

June 24, 2018 - 1:01 pm
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HARTFORD, Conn. (WCBS 880) -- Thousands of children have been separated from their families at the border since April, but now the Trump administration is beginning efforts to reunite them.

The Department of Homeland Security says that 522 children have been reunited with their parents over the weekend. Yet, over 2,000 others remain separated.

As WCBS 880’s Mike Smeltz reported, the reunions come during the same weekend in which elected officials from Connecticut toured a detention center in McAllen, Texas and saw first-hand the conditions that immigrants are facing.

U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-Connecticut) described seeing a 16-year-old girl holding her own infant child in the middle of the facility and called the separation of migrant children and their parents a “humanitarian crisis.”

“You think of how afraid you must be, to risk your life and your 6-month-old child, to make a month-long journey to come to this country and then you find yourself on a concrete floor covered with Mylar,” Esty said.

Rep. Jim Himes (D-Connecticut) also visited the detention center and said he saw dozens of children covered in Mylar, or large sheets of aluminum foil.  

“These 20 or 30 mounds of silver Mylar became little girls,” Himes said. “They stood up and some were scared. Some had been crying.”

Himes blamed the Trump administration for the conditions and said border agents were “trying to do the best they can, as humanistic as they can, under and insane flip-flop out of the White House.”

There are significant doubts as to if all the children separated will eventually be reunited. Though, the Trump administration has claimed they know the location of all children in custody and calls the process to get them back with their families “well-coordinated.”