As Trump Orders Sessions to Go After His Political Foes, Reminder That More Than 500 Children Still Separated From Their Families

September 18, 2020 0 By HearthstoneYarns

As President Donald Trump started his day by demanding the Department of Justice (DOJ) target his growing list of political enemies, department lawyers admitted in a court-mandated status report that they have still, thus far, failed to return more than 500 children to their parents, a month after the deadline for family reunification passed.

The document was filed in the ACLU’s ongoing lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s family separation policy. A total of 528 children, including 23 under the age of five, remain in government-run detention centers around the country, and 343 of those children’s parents have been deported.

The government has argued that deported parents have to be reunited with their children outside of the country, eliminating their children’s chance to exercise their legal right to asylum in the United States.