“Officials at the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees all immigration enforcement, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which carries out the separations, refused to answer questions about the separations,” USA Today reports. “They would not say how many separations have occurred since Sabraw's order or what happened to the separated minors.”
This stonewalling comes as internal emails have revealed that during the height of media attention on family separation last June, Trump officials lied when they claimed they could reunite thousands of families using a "central database.” There was no such central database, and the information they did have on hand could reunite only 60 families.
”You know when we put this out tonight, a couple people said to me, ‘did we already know this?’” MSNBC correspondent Jacob Soboroff told Chris Hayes about the documents. “Yes, we did know that there was never a system, the HHS and the DHS inspector general made that very clear, as have subsequent testimonies, but we’ve never seen the behind-the-scenes, basically scrambling to figure out how to literally fill a spreadsheet.”
Children are still separated from their families due to the actions of this administration. “It’s clearer than ever,” said Pili Tobar of immigrant rights advocacy group America’s Voice, “that the administration willingly instigated a reign of terror.” Donald Trump’s crimes against humanity at the border, condemned repeatedly by the United Nations, merited his eviction from the White House long ago, yet he’s still there, and kids are still without their loved ones. Family separation remains a crisis.