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More than 2,000 separated migrant kids are still with HHS

HHS Secretary Alex Azar testifying in the Senate
HHS Secretary Alex Azar. Photo: Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call via Getty Images

There are still 2,047 migrant children who were separated from their parents in the care of Health and Human Services, Secretary Alex Azar said at a hearing in front of the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday, and it is unclear whether any have been successfully reunited with the family they were separated from.

Why it matters: Azar said that "several hundred" children have been placed in the custody of a parent or relative already in the states, but no child can be reunited to a parent still in immigration detention. In a call with reporters later Tuesday afternoon, HHS did not answer whether the agency is still receiving additional migrant children who have been separated from their parents at the border.