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HHS OIG Issues Report on Separated Children Placed in ORR Care

The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a report that found the total number of children separated from a parent or guardian by immigration authorities is unknown. Pursuant to a June 2018 district court order, HHS has thus far identified 2,737 children in the Office of Refugee Resettlement’s (ORR) care who were separated from their parents, but thousands of children may have been separated during an influx that began in 2017, before the accounting required by the court.

Trump Administration Weighed Targeting Migrant Families, Speeding Up Deportation of Children

NBC reports it obtained a draft plan that shows officials wanted to specifically target parents in migrant families for increased prosecutions, contradicting previous statements from the administration claiming it had no policy of separating families but was simply enforcing the law. The copy of the draft plan obtained by NBC also includes comments showing that officials considered speeding up migrant children’s deportations by denying them asylum hearings after separating them from their parents.

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