Children in 100 shelters in over a dozen states sit in limbo

The Trump administration scrambles to come up with a plan for the over 2,000 children who have been separated from their families.
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And the major question tonight, how soon will the more than 2,000 children who have been separated in just the last month or so will be reunited with their parents. Do authorities know where they all are, and where their parents are? And tonight, the supporters of the president, who said he promised to be tough, and tonight, they stand by him. ABC's gio Benitez at the border for us again tonight. Reporter: Tonight, 2,300 children sit in limbo, waiting to be reunited with their parents with no clear timetable. The government releasing new images from a few of the 100 shelters in more than a dozen states. The media not able to film at these facilities. In Florida, some of the churn seen in art class. In Virginia, a math lesson and a game of soccer. And for the first time, we see a baby being rocked by a caretaker at a so-called tender age shelter. Those images released after reports of babies and toddlers crying and in crisis. But tonight, still no answers for mothers like ibis Guzman, who is detained in Seattle. Her 5-year-old son nearly 1,800 miles away in a San Antonio shelter. Reporter: Telling us from jail, she imagines how desperate her son is, all alone, and she is fighting to reunite with him. Today, protests from Pennsylvania to the capital to that tent city in tornillo, Texas, where mayors from across the country demanded families be reunited immediately. Ruben Garcia helps migrant families on the border. He says there no one agency that keeps track of separated families. In a Normal situation, that gets very messy, and now we're talking about more than 2,300 kids. Correct, correct. And the parents of 2,300 kids that are locked up in different places. Reporter: But for others along the border like cattle rancher rue ruperto Escobar, he stands with the president. We foot the bill for everything starting from education, food, clothing, housing, you name it. Health care. Who is going to pay for all of that? We are. And I don't think that's right. Reporter: At that Minnesota rally, while many said those images are sad, they still stand with the president. I think that we have a lot of issues at home that we need to take care of before we start taking care of other people, too. The president is trying to make it right, I think. He's doing his best. You know, it's a big world. And gio Benitez back with us live tonight from therd boor. And gio, we've learned this evening that HHS has now requested that the defense department use military bases to house up to 20,000 unaccompanied migrant children? Reporter: Yeah, that's right, David. Officials toured four military bases in case they need them. Now, the Obama administration actually did something very similar back in 2014, to house 7,000 unaccompanied children. David? Gio Benitez, thank you. We're going to move on tonight to the other news this

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