Investigating reunification efforts behind families separated by Trump

ABC News Congressional Correspondent Rachel Scott reports on the impact of former President Donald Trump’s family separation policy and how the Biden administration’s reunification efforts are going.
3:15 | 04/09/21

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While the Biden administration has resisted calling the surge of the border crisis. It is indeed threatening political crisis. Does the new president have themselves to blame and are there lessons from the trump administration. That it would serve him now. Here's ABC news congressional correspondent Rachel stopped. On the campaign trail Joseph Biden promised a more welcoming America balances scrap its up administration's harshest immigration policy. We're nations says if you want to believe it is great impression you should come Republicans say that message. And his policies sparked the surge at the border and that the remedies reinstating the former president's war. The policies were working the Democrats pointing the finger right back at the geo heat it took. This is singly. The prior administration. Dismantled our nation's immigration system in its entirety. The reality is more complicated. The White House has avoided calling the situation at the southern boarder a crisis the president claiming the uptick there is just part of a normal cycle. Truth of the matter is nothing has changed. As many people came who 28% increase in children in the border in my administration 31%. In the last year and 2009 TV for the pandemic. In the trump administration. But those numbers are wrong it's actually a 63%. Spike. Some migrants say they're coming down because they've heard it's easier for the Biden administration and president Biden's critics say that's no surprise. Rob going to be. The policies were creating. This incentivizing people to take a long dangerous journey. An executive order Biden has holds a construction of the border wall curb deportations. Were both measures meant to punish so called Sanctuary Cities. Rolled back to trump the ministry should remain in Mexico policy. Which asylum seekers to wait. I'm sitting camps like this one bring US judge to hear her case. Which could take months even years. The Biden administration does admit these changes have given many hope they certainly. Think that. The idea that a more humane policy would be in place may have driven people to make that decision. But the White House knows the president is also working to find a long term solution to this challenge. That existed long before he entered office including taking steps to restore confidence in the legal immigration system. Re launching a program allows Central American children to apply for asylum from their home countries in initiating new efforts to address the root causes for my Grecian. Poverty violence and environmental devastation. And even though the intake system is bursting at the scene kids stuck in the severely overcrowded facilities. He says he has no choice to take. And in the idea that I'm gonna say. Whichever never do maroon. Come new challenges of the mortar and we're just remember starving peasants Indians. No previous administrations that he's except trump. Markham doing. I'm not Kundun.

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