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Federal officials lost track of nearly 1,500 migrant children last year after a government agency placed the minors in the homes of adult sponsors in communities across the country, according to testimony before a Senate subcommittee Thursday.

PBS News April 27, 2018

Biden administration officials tasked with reuniting migrant children and parents separated over three years ago at the border have managed to reunite just a fraction of the more than a thousand families estimated to still be apart. With little or no record keeping of the separations during the Trump administration, and problems finding many parents in Central America, the task force has reunited just 52 families after seven months of effort.

“We estimate that over 1,000, somewhere between 1,000, 1,500, maybe more remain separated. 

It’s very hard to know because there’s no record,” says the task force’s leader, Michelle Brane.

“It is shocking. And really, what happened was that there was no system in place for documenting separations. So there’s nowhere to go to find out who was separated or not.”  

Because of that shoddy record-keeping, Brane says she can’t even be sure exactly how many were separated.

CBS News, 7 October 2021

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