Review: 1,700 more children potentially separated at border


National News

May 22, 2019 - 10:39 AM

Hayti Alvarado, 26, holds her son Esteban Alvarado, 3, along with her daughter Gabriella Alvarado, 11, (not shown) after being detained near the Rio Grande River. (Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

SAN DIEGO — The Trump administration, under court order to determine how many additional families had been separated at the border prior to the nationwide rollout of the controversial zero tolerance policy, has so far identified 1,712 potential cases during an initial review, according to the official leading the effort.

The review — a painstaking evaluation of 47,000 case files — was launched a few weeks ago as the latest phase in the landmark family separation litigation in San Diego federal court.

A previous effort last summer sought to identify all children in government custody as of June 26 who had been separated, and to reunify them with their parents if desired. That process, involving some 2,800 families, has largely been completed.

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