More than 450 migrant parents may have been deported without their children, Trump administration says

The Trump administration said more than 450 immigrant parents separated from their children under the government’s zero-tolerance policy for illegal border crossers may have been deported.

In a court filing late Monday, Justice Department lawyers said case notes by immigration authorities show that 463 immigrants are no longer in the country, though those cases are “under review.”

The government said in its filing that of the 2,551 migrant children identified as having been separated from their parents, 1,634 had been deemed eligible for possible reunification. The government said 879 children had been reconnected with their parents, who were in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. In all there have been 1,187 “reunifications or other appropriate discharges” by the Office of Refugee Resettlement, according to the filing.

The migrant children were separated from their parents under the government’s policy to prosecute nearly every adult caught crossing the border illegally and separate children and parents in the process.

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