One of the most controversial actions taken by President Trump’s administration, migrant family separation at the United States-Mexico border, continues to have lasting, traumatic effects on hundreds of families. Despite public outcry, families have continued to be separated, with more than 200 migrant children having been taken from their families since the policy was officially rescinded.
By The Numbers
While the exact number of migrant children separated from their families at the border since Trump took office remains hard to determine exactly, estimates suggest that the policy has affected at least 2,800 children. These children have been held in detention centers throughout the country, with most being held in major cities. While it is possible for anyone over the age of 16 to set up power of attorney, many of these children do not speak English, are unaware of their legal rights, or simply are too young to make sense of the legal system.
While courts have ruled that the Trump administration must take responsibility for the damage the family separation policy has caused, it remains to be seen what the Trump administration will do about reuniting separated families. So far, no single plan or policy has been established to reunite all families, but with increasing pressure from all sides, it’s possible a policy will be implemented in the future.
Continued Struggles For Migrants
As separation at the border slows, many migrants already living in the United States will continue to face issues as a result of Trump’s various immigration policies. Plans for family reunification remain uncertain, leaving many minors in a legal limbo. Until an established policy is planned to address this humanitarian crisis, many families will remain separated with no answers on when they will be reunited with their loved ones again.
Additionally, general anti-immigrant sentiments throughout the nation continue to make life difficult for those living in the country legally. ICE detentions continue to increase, as they have consistently since Trump took office. In addition to the increased number of ICE detainees with a clean record under the Trump administration, data also shows that 18% of the 44,435 individuals detained by ICE had resided continuously in the U.S. for ten years or more, and that one out of four had been in the country for at least five years.
In the aftermath of Trump’s family separation policy, many families are still in limbo. Unfortunately, it’s still uncertain what will happen for these migrant families.