However, with whereabouts of many children and parents unknown, the administration is struggling to fix the mess it has created.
In fact, one day before a federal court-imposed deadline to reunite immigrant children under the age of five, lawyers asked the judge for an extension since the government was able to reunite only two of the 102 kids it had seized.
The administration provided a list of reasons to the court in a bid to explain why it wasn’t able to abide by the order.
In one shocking example, the lawyers for the Department of Justice (DOJ) listed one child who "cannot be reunified at this time because the parent's location has been unknown for more than a year."
“Defendants are unable to conclusively determine whether the parent is a class memberand records show the parent and child might be U.S. citizens,” the filing said.
The child, who is under the age of 5, was taken into custody by the border patrol agents last year.
The filing didn’t elaborate on the circumstances of the separation of the child or why it happened a year earlier, as majority of the family separations took place this year after the administration implemented its notorious “zero tolerance” policy.
Regardless, instances like these indicate the severity of the ongoing crisis of how numerous kids might never meet their parents because the administration isn’t able to track them down. That’s just beyond tragic.
Details about the families separated by the administration remain a heart-wrenching story, as the immigrants’ dreams of having a quality life were not only brutally squashed, but their future has also been shoved into a state of ambiguity.
In its latest attempt to make the entire ordeal even more horrific for the immigrants, the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) reportedly asked four women to pay for the DNA tests if they want to be meet their children again.
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