DHS Says It Has A Plan To Unite Families Separated At The Border

The Department of Homeland Security says more than 500 children have been reunited with parents.
Posted at 12:03 PM, Jun 24, 2018

The Department of Homeland Security says its has a "well coordinated" plan to reunite immigrant children separated from their families at the border.

The announcement comes in the wake of intense fallout from the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" immigration policy, which led to over 2,000 child separations. The practice of separating children from their parents mostly ended with an executive order aimed at curbing the process last week. 

Saturday, the department released a fact sheet that said 522 children had been reunited with their parents. It didn't give a timeline for the additional reunifications but said it did have a plan for how families would be reunited "for the purposes of removal" from the U.S.

 The deportation process can take months, so it isn't clear if families will be reunited in the meantime.

Parents who are ordered to be deported can request their children come with them, but the fact sheets notes that in the past, many parents have requested that their children stay in the U.S.

Additional reporting by Newsy affiliate CNN.