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'They cannot find the children at all': Migrant parents face chaos and red tape trying to reunite with their kids

Saturday - 23/06/2018 08:31
A Honduran child plays at the Catholic Charities Humanitarian Respite Center after recently crossing the U.S., Mexico border with his father on June 21, 2018 in McAllen, Texas.  Getty Images/Spencer Platt
A Honduran child plays at the Catholic Charities Humanitarian Respite Center after recently crossing the U.S., Mexico border with his father on June 21, 2018 in McAllen, Texas. Getty Images/Spencer Platt
A Honduran child plays at the Catholic Charities Humanitarian Respite Center after recently crossing the U.S., Mexico border with his father on June 21, 2018 in McAllen, Texas. Getty Images/Spencer Platt

After the Trump administration halted its practice of separating migrant children from their parents at the US-Mexico border, thousands of families who have already been separated are now trying to navigate through a murky series of government agencies with no clear reunification system in place. 

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday halting family separations under his administration's "zero tolerance" policy. But notably, the order made no mention of how it would reunite the roughly 2,300 children the government says have been split from their parents since May. Trump said Thursday he had directed government agencies to do so. 

The government said Thursday that 500 migrant families have been reunited since May, but lawyers and immigration advocates say there's still no coherent process for family members trying to locate one another, much less a plan to reunite them. 

"There are families that cannot reach the children; they cannot find the children at all," Archi Pyati, the chief of policy at the Tahirih Justice Center, a legal advocacy organization, told Business Insider.

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