The U.S government is separating kids from their families who seek asylum by crossing the border illegally. Since May 2018, at least 2,342 children have been detached from their parents as part of an immigration strategy, and there is no process to reunite the families.
Even thought there is no official Trump policy that says that every family entering the U.S illegally has to be separated, if somebody get caught crossing the board illegally, they supposed to be criminally prosecuted (and when this happen to a parent, separation is inevitable).
Within 3 days on the shelters, children are supposed to be transferred from immigration detention to the Office of Refugee Resettlment (ORR), – organism responsible for identifying and screening the nearest relative or family friend living in the U.S to whom the child can be released.
The Associated Press, visited on Monday 18, described a “large, dark facility” with separate wings for children, adults and families:
“Inside an old warehouse in South Texas, hundreds of children wait in a series of cages created by metal fencing. One cage had 20 children inside. Scattered about are bottles of water, bags of chips and large foil sheets intended to serve as blankets.”
The ORR is trying to find family members, foster parents or sponsors to take in the children. Parents are the preferred option but maybe thats not a possibility for those who remain in detention. We don’t know how long is going to take to find a home for the kids, but again, ORR says that the process takes less than two months.