The chaos behind family reunifications

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Migrant children who were separated from family at the border are being left at gas stations, convenience stores and airports with little to no prior notice to their parents, as the formal process to reunite immigrant families affected by former President Trump’s “zero-tolerance” policy begins.

Why it matters: Families tell Noticias Telemundo they’ve received instructions in the middle of the night on where to pick up the kids, sometimes hundreds of miles away.

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  • Many parents or guardians are awaiting their own immigration hearings, so they don’t have driver’s licenses and can’t easily get a hold of a car to pick the children up.

  • The Biden government paid $112 million to contractor MVM Inc. to take the kids from holding centers in Texas to the cities where their legal guardians live.

The whole process only worsens the trauma the children have experienced from being separated from their parents, in some cases for over two years, families say.

  • There are documented cases of young adults reverting to wetting the bed or becoming mute.

The bottom line: At least 36 families have been reunited or cleared for reunification since President Biden’s dedicated interagency task force began work in February.

  • As many as 5,600 children were separated from their families before the policy was struck down in mid-2018.

  • More than 2,000 remain separated from their families, according to a recent Department of Homeland Security report, and hundreds of parents were deported without their children.

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