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Biden administration is reviewing 5,600 additional files for evidence of family separations under Trump

April 7, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 01: Immigrant rights advocates and others participate in rally and and demonstration at the Federal Building in lower Manhattan against the Trump administration's policy that enables federal agents to take migrant children away from their parents at the border on June 1, 2018 in New York City. In coordinated marches across the country people are gathering outside U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) field offices, U.S. attorney's offices, and the Deparment of Justice headquarters in Washington, D.C., to put increasing pressure on the Trump administration's family separation policy at the border. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

The Biden administration is reviewing 5,600 files to determine whether more children were separated from their families at the US-Mexico border during the Trump era than previously known, a senior Department of Homeland Security official told reporters Wednesday.

(CNN)The Biden administration is reviewing 5,600 files to determine whether more children were separated from their families at the US-Mexico border during the Trump era than previously known, a senior Department of Homeland Security official told reporters Wednesday.

Under former President Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" immigration policy, border officials separated at least 2,800 children from their parents, according to government data.

Officials later found at least 1,712 more children had been separated from their families before Trump's policy went into effect in May 2018.

We've now identified, as I mentioned, over 5,600 new files that were not reviewed at that time," the official said, citing ongoing litigation that's required a scrub of files.

The task force involves federal agencies to identify and reunite families who had been separated at the US-Mexico border under the Trump administration.

"Our current focus is to build the system that will accommodate the safe and secure process necessary to reunite these families," the official said, adding that the task force has identified issues with record keeping along the way.

"There's also a lot of missing information in the files and wrong dates, confusion in names, doubled up cases, and those are just a few of the issues we're discovering," the official said.

The official said the task force is working around the clock, but couldn't provide a timeline on when reunifications, outside of those happening through litigation, will begin to occur.

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