Separated immigrant children are now everywhere throughout the US, far from parents who can’t locate them
The whereabouts of their mothers and fathers unknown and often distant, many immigrant children separated from parents at the U.S. border are dependent on a system of institutions for survival. Their numbers are widely dispersed in multiple states, including Michigan, Virginia, Maryland, and California.
Separated immigrant children exist in impersonal living conditions where adults are not allowed to comfort them, or with foster parents unfamiliar with the effects of the children’s circumstances.
The White House maintains that the separations have stopped and that there is an ongoing plan to reconnect the children with their families. Yet over 2,000 children remain estranged from parents who have no knowledge of where the children are located.
Conditions are largely unknown. Most locations seem to be churches; suburban group home-like settings; a WalMart converted into lodging; and locked shelters with scarce outside time. Some locations house large numbers of children and have a constant need for head counts.
A government’s official time estimate to satisfy a federal judge’s request that separated immigrant children be identified and reunited with their families is approximately two years.
The identification process entails examining the records of approximately 47,000 children generally referred to the Office of Refugee Resettlement under varied circumstances, including border separations.
Currently, this author has no information on how closely the government’s treatment of detained immigrant children is monitored. Any feedback or input into the conditions of detained immigrant minors is welcomed.
Source content: The New York Times: U.S. Says It Could Take 2 Years to Identify Up to Thousands of Separated Immigrant Families, and The Washington Post: Separated immigrant children are all over the U.S. now, far from parents who don’t know where they are