The parents of seven other children separated as part of the Trump administration’s border policy have been found since Wednesday, a lawyer advocating family reunification said.
That brings the number of children whose parents have not yet been reached to 499, said Lee Gelernt, an American Civil Liberties Union attorney who was part of an effort to find the families of separated children.
On Wednesday, lawyers working to reunite the families reported that they had found the parents of 105 children in the past month.
The steering committee of pro bono attorneys and attorneys said at the time that they had not yet found the parents of 506 children, up from 611 on Jan. 14. Finding the parents of seven other children brought that number to 499.
Thousands of parents have been separated from their children under the direction of President Donald Trump, who introduced a “zero tolerance” policy and other measures on the US-Mexico border.
President Joe Biden’s administration recently formed a task force that will place responsibility for the search and reunification of the families separated from the Trump administration into the hands of the federal government.
The number of parents reached is not the same as those who have been reunited, said Learned.
The lawyers hope to provide a number of reunited individuals to the Biden Task Force soon, he said. A main reason many parents stay separated, according to Learned, is that they don’t want to bring their children back from the United States to dangerous homelands.
Phil Helsel contributed to this.