A new report released by Amnesty International shows that the administration separated 6,000 families at the border between April and August.
The number is far higher than any previous estimate, and carries additional weight given that hundreds of children separated during this time period remain in detention or separated from their families or guardians.
Judge Dana Sabraw had issued a court-ordered deadline for total reunification, but that deadline passed 78 days ago as hundreds of families remain separated.
In the report, Amnesty International writes that the administration “is waging a deliberate campaign of human rights violations against asylum-seekers, in order to broadcast globally that the United States no longer welcomes refugees.”
As Iron Triangle Press has reported, the administration also appears to be pursuing a systematic effort to permanently separate these families by allowing immigrant children to be adopted by U.S. families without the consent or knowledge of their biological parents.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the administration had apparently come to an agreement as to how to best reunite these families, but it is clear that whatever process they agreed on is not working.
The United States currently has more immigrant children in detention than ever before — an astounding 12,800 children as of September 13.
Iron Triangle Press will continue to follow this story.
Click here to read our report on the administration’s use of legal loopholes to grant custody of immigrant children to U.S. families without the knowledge or consent of the child’s biological parents.