In a startling revelation, lawyers in the US said the number of migrant children separated from their parents under the Trump administration is 666 — higher than the number presented before a federal judge hearing a case on the matter.
US publication NBC News said that a recent email revealed that around 20% of the migrant children are under the age of five when they were separated under Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy enforced at border entry points.
According to the email, lead attorney Steven Herzog said that the number is higher because it included a new group “for whom the government did not provide any phone number”.
Earlier, the number of migrant children looking to reunite with their families was pegged at 545.
In an email sent to the Justice Department under Trump administration, the attorney said: “we would appreciate the government providing any available updated contact information, or other information that may be helpful in establishing contact for all 666 of these parents.”
Between April and June 2018, the Trump administration imposed its zero tolerance policy at the US-Mexico border in order to stem the inflow of undocumented migrants.
With Joe Biden’s win it is being hoped that the matter will come to light and bring an end to the “inhumane” separations.
Within his first 100 days, Biden has vowed to reverse the brutal policy to separate children from their parents at the border.
The measure that stands out the most focuses on increasing public-private initiatives and strengthening humanitarian efforts at the border.