Some immigrant families are being reunited — but their troubles are far from over
By Harmeet Kaur
Nearly 3,000 kids were separated from their parents as a result of the White House’s zero tolerance immigration policy, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar estimated last week. The government has not said how many of them were reunited with their parents, and officials have asked for more time to meet one of the reunification deadlines.
For the parents and children who have been brought back together, the celebrations may be short-lived. After reunification, they face a series of other obstacles — including long, complex legal proceedings, and possibly deportation. For children, the trauma of being separated from their parents will be long-lasting. Some families are only partially reunified; a child may be returned to his mother, for instance, while his father remains in detention.
Here’s a look at some of the situations that families might face even after being reunited.
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