Transcript for Fallout after new report on missing parents separated at the border
Now going to turn to the new fallout over the trump administration's child separation policy. A new report shows the parents of more than 500 children separated at the border cannot be found. Our chief national affairs correspondent Tom llamas joins us now with the latest on this. Good morning, Tom. Reporter: Michael, good morning to you. We are talking about hundreds of children who not only had to live through the painful experience of being torn from their parents they're now living in a terrifying limbo. In many cases according to the legal documents we've seen the kids are here in the united States and the parents are somewhere in Mexico and central America and no one can find them. This morning, a troubling reality check in the effort to reunite families affected by the trump administration's child separation policy. In a new court filing the aclu says they have been unable to reach the parents of 545 migrant children taken from their families at the border. We have had to go almost door to door to try and find those families because the information the government gave us was largely stale. Reporter: The department of homeland security describing this as a false narrative and saying in some cases the parents are refusing to reunite with their children. It's very sad, the administration wants the families to be reunited. But for various reasons the families have not accepted the children back in many of these cases. Reporter: But the aclu says that's not a possible explanation saying their organization nor the federal government has even been able to locate these parents. Under the trump administration's zero tolerance policy, mothers and fathers were separated from their children during prosecution for crossing into the U.S. Illegally. They just took me away and then we can't understand anything because I didn't know the language and I didn't know what was happening in the moment. Reporter: At 14 James was taken from his mother after they entered the country illegally claiming asylum fleeing a domestic violence danger in their native Brazil. Jocelyn told me she doesn't like to think about it. She knows families are still separated and the experience still haunts her. She hopes and prays she's eligible for asylum so she can stay in the U.S. With her son. The children who have been separated from their parents are now living with sponsor families here in the U.S. The aclu says because of the pandemic trying to locate these parents in Central America and Mexico has become even more complicated. Amy. What a complicated and sad situation, Tom, thank you.
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