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Trump Administration Denies Reunification to 46 Children — The Reasons Might Not Be What You Think

The issue of reunification is more complicated than many would like to admit.

The Trump administration announced Thursday that it completed the initial reunifications for children under 5 years old. However, there’s a catch. Only 57 out of the 103 children under 5 were reunified with their families.

The remaining 46 children were ineligible for many reasons, which were included in a statement released by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Of the 46 children, 23 of them are ineligible because their parents have either been deported or are in the custody of the U.S. government.

That number is not surprising, but many are outraged over the separation of immigrant families.

Yet the rest of the children were not reunified because of reasons regarding their protection and safety. According to the HHS statement, 22 of the children were not eligible because of safety concerns.

These safety concerns include parents who had a serious criminal history, those who were determined not to be the parent of the child, or those who were found to be abusive. Additionally, the location of one child’s parent had not been known for over a year.

Many politicians and civil rights groups are pushing for the Trump administration to reunite all children back with their parents, and the ACLU has filed a class-action lawsuit in order to expedite the reunification process.

The issue of separating immigrant families is serious, and in many cases, the children should be given back to their parents. Yet it should not go unrecognized that a few of these children may have been protected from a terrible future.

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