US Government Says It Could Take Years to Identify Families Separated at Border

According to US government court filings, it could take up to two years to identify thousands of children separated from their parents by the US government along the US/Mexico border.

“Defendants estimate that identifying all possible children … would take at least 12 months, and possibly up to 24 months,” the government wrote in Friday’s filing. The filing outlined the Trump administration’s plan for identifying which family members might have been separated.

Human rights and civil liberties groups have accused the government of not treating the separations with the necessary urgency.



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