USA government reunites 522 children removed under 'zero tolerance'

Geraldine Edwards
June 26, 2018

Ms. White did not give further details and it was not clear how numerous children who could be sent to the bases are already being detained at other facilities.

Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro called on Trump to reunite children with their families immediately.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said late on Saturday it had a "well coordinated" process in place - in the face of criticism from lawyers for parents and children who have said they have seen little evidence of an organised system.

As the first lady was visiting Texas, Mr Trump said at a cabinet meeting that he was directing federal agencies to begin reuniting children and parents separated at the US-Mexico border, a first step to implementing his executive order.

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In recent weeks, more than 2,300 children were taken from their families under a "zero-tolerance" policy in which people entering the USA illegally face prosecution, according to The Associated Press.

He blasted media coverage of the images of children separated from their parents at the southern border.

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Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine sent to the head of the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement questions about the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center. In court filings, lawyers for the detention facility have denied all allegations of physical abuse. "We know where every single child is".

She sued to regain custody and the Department of Justice agreed to release the boy. Beata Mejia-Mejia's 7-year-old son had been taken from her in May after they arrived from Guatemala.

Benavides said she didn't know where the bus was going but "that's something we'll look into - what's going on and where are they taking these children".

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