Oct 25, 2019

The number of children split from their parents at U.S.-Mexico border tops 5,400

An asylum-seeking boy from Central America runs down a hall at a shelter in San Diego. Photo: Gregory Bull/AP

The number of children separated at the U.S.-Mexico border by U.S. immigration authorities since July 2017 is now 5,460, according to ACLU data reported by AP.

Why it matters: Obtaining a comprehensive count of the children separated at the border was a difficult task because of poor government accounting, especially in the earliest days of the family separation policy. The government has also struggled to properly keep track of parents in order to be able to reunite them with their children.

  • Of those separated from July 1, 2017, to June 26, 2018, 207 were under 5.

The big picture: The Trump administration has tried to find other ways to curb immigration, mainly from Central America, since the failed family separation policy.

  • Thousands of migrants from Central America and Cuba have been sent to Mexico to wait for immigration court hearings rather than being released into the U.S.

Go deeper: Court blocks Trump from indefinitely detaining migrant families

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Record number of migrant children held in U.S custody in 2019

People protest holding children in custody in September in New York City. Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images

New government data shows that the U.S. government held 69,550 migrant children in custody in 2019, a 42% increase from fiscal year 2018, the AP reports.

Why it matters: UN researchers report that the U.S. detained more children than any other country in the world this year.

Go deeperArrowNov 12, 2019

Federal government must provide mental health services to separated migrant families

Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

A federal judge in California ruled Tuesday that the Trump administration is required to provide mental health services to the thousands of migrant parents and children who were separated at the U.S.-Mexico border, reports the New York Times.

Why it matters: This decision "marks a rare instance of the government being held legally accountable for the mental trauma brought by its policies," writes the Times.

Go deeperArrowNov 7, 2019

Top immigration officials defend Trump's remain in Mexico plan

In separate interviews for "Axios on HBO," two top immigration officials defended the Trump administration's so-called "remain in Mexico" plan.

  • Mark Morgan and Ken Cuccinelli told "Axios on HBO" that it's meant to ease bureaucratic burdens on the U.S. and prevent the "catch and release situation" where asylum-seekers would be released into the interior of the U.S.
Go deeperArrowNov 11, 2019