Unaccompanied Children: Agency Efforts to Identify and Reunify Children Separated From Parents at the Border: Highlights of GAO-19-368T, a Testimony Before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, Committee on Energy and Commerce, House of Representatives.
GAO Highlights ; Highlights of GAO-19-368T
Larin, Kathryn A. Gambler, Rebecca.
United States Government Accountability Office.
Briefing Materials Legislation-Hearing
Published: February 2019
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On April 6, 2018, the Attorney General issued a memorandum on criminal prosecutions of immigration offenses. According to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) officials, this resulted in a considerable increase in the number of minor children whom the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) separated from their parents after attempting to cross the U.S. border illegally. On June 20, 2018, the President issued an executive order directing that alien families generally be detained together, and on June 26, 2018, a federal judge ordered the government to reunify separated families. This fact sheet summarizes testimony by Kathryn A. Larin, Director, Education, Workforce, and Income Security and Rebecca Gambler, Director, Homeland Security and Justice, that discussed DHS and HHS planning efforts related to the Attorney General’s April 2018 memo, systems for indicating children were separated from parents, and actions to reunify families in response to the June 2018 court order. Their testimony also includes updated data reported by the government on the number children separated from their parents subject to the court’s reunification order and the number of those children in ORR custody as of December 11, 2018.
children of immigrants; undocumented immigrants; foster children; parental absence; separation; refugees; court litigation; incidence; statistics; identification; accountability; family reunification