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Biden administration says families separated at the border could be reunited in US

March 1, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 1: Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House on March 1, 2021 in Washington, DC. Mayorkas discussed the Biden administration's plans for overhauling immigration policy. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

The Biden administration could reunite migrant families separated at the US-Mexico border under former President Donald Trump in the United States, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said Monday.

(CNN)The Biden administration could reunite migrant families separated at the US-Mexico border under former President Donald Trump in the United States, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said Monday.

Mayorkas, who's leading the family reunification task force established by President Joe Biden, said the administration hopes to reunite separated families in the US or in their country of origin.

And if in fact they seek to reunite here in the United States, we will explore lawful pathways for them to remain in the United States and address the family needs," he said.

The administration is working closely with counsel for separated families, along with other partners, to chart a path forward.

And we intend to and will shortly harness the capabilities, resources and desire of the private sector," Mayorkas added.

Lawyers are still trying to locate the parents of nearly 500 children who had been split from their families at the US-Mexico border by the Trump administration, according to attorneys -- down from a month ago, when attorneys were looking for the parents of 611 children.

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