NYT SHOCKER: Family Separations Continue Without Adequate Records for Reunification

Group Calls for Senate Hearings Into Latest Developments

WASHINGTON, DC – Saturday, the New York Times published an explosive story about the Trump administration’s family separation immigration policy reporting that nine months after supposedly rescinding the policy, hundreds of “migrant children have been taken from parents and other relatives and placed in institutional care, with some spending months in shelters and foster homes thousands of miles away from their parents.” Even more damning, the Times notes, “some of the new separations are being undertaken with no clear documentation to help track the children’s whereabouts.”

In response, Restore Public Trust is calling on Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) to hold hearings on the issue in the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee and for Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) to do the same in the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

“We were told the Trump administration had rescinded this horrific  policy and that steps had been taken to more easily facilitate reunifications after earlier efforts had been lacking to the point of neglect — this is extremely disturbing. Sens. Alexander and Johnson should immediately call hearings to get to the bottom of these lies.” said Karl Frisch, a spokesperson for Restore Public Trust.

He continued, “Hundreds of children have been separated from their families since the Trump administration told the American people the family separation policy was being rescinded. Worse still, the administration hasn’t been keeping the records necessary to reunify families that are separated. This callous disregard for the wellbeing of children must be further investigated by Congress,” said Karl Frisch, a spokesperson for Restore Public Trust.

Despite Announcing The Policy Would Be Rescinded Nine Months Ago, The Trump Administration’s Family Separation Policy Has Continued And Proper Records For Reunifying Families Have Not Been Kept. “Nearly nine months after the Trump administration officially rescinded its policy of separating migrant families who have illegally crossed the border, more than 200 migrant children have been taken from parents and other relatives and placed in institutional care, with some spending months in shelters and foster homes thousands of miles away from their parents […] Some of the new separations are being undertaken with no clear documentation to help track the children’s whereabouts.” [New York Times, 3/10/19]

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