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Babies Separated From Parents End Up in Michigan

Feds say families won't be reunited immediately
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 21, 2018 5:50 AM CDT
Updated Jun 21, 2018 6:30 AM CDT
Immigrant children walk in a line outside the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children, a former Job Corps site that now houses them, on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, in Homestead, Fla.   (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
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(Newser) – Two baby boys who had been separated from their parents at the border arrived in Grand Rapids, Michigan, early Wednesday—days after Homeland Security officials insisted that babies were not being taken from their parents. The boys, eight months and 11 months old, are among scores of children, average age eight, who have arrived in the state in recent weeks under the Trump administration's policy of separating migrants from their children, reports the Detroit Free Press. Despite President Trump's executive order Wednesday reversing the policy, authorities say they will not be immediately reunited with their parents because their cases need to go through the system.

More than 2,300 children have been taken from their parents under the "zero tolerance" policy, and while Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar says he wants to reunite them with their parents "as soon as possible," it may not be an easy task. In Grand Rapids, Bethany Christian Services foster care supervisor Hannah Mills says some children haven't spoken to their parents on the phone for a month because they can't be located. "These kids are hysterical. They’re screaming out for mom and dad," she tells the Free Press. The AP reports that American Airlines has told the Trump administration not to use its flights to transport children taken from their parents. United, Southwest, Frontier, and Alaska Airlines have also said they don't want to be associated with the policy. (Read more immigration stories.)

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