An open letter to the U.S. Congress

Parents of 545 Children Must Be Found

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Hi, I'm writing as a constituent about disturbing news that broke yesterday. As you know, in 2017, the Trump administration began a pilot program to deter refugees from coming to America by taking away migrants’ children. It broke up more than 1000 families. The next year, the program became official, and the administration forcibly removed more than 2,800 children from their parents in May and June of that year. Most of those families were still in custody when a federal judge ordered the program stopped and the families reunited. Yesterday NBC broke the story that the lawyers appointed to identify the separated families have not been able to find the parents of 545 of the children, and that the administration actually deported about two-thirds of those parents during the pilot program while keeping their children behind. Those children are now in America with relatives or foster families. This is HORRIFIC. What is our government doing to reunite these children with their real families? Have we really sunk so low that we're going to allow these separations to go on? May I know what you are doing to address this egregious and heartbreaking situation? Thanks.

First sent on October 22, 2020 by Jessica

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