U.S. Border Patrol agents may have taken the child of a U.S. citizen into custody, and they have been unable to locate the child’s parent, Trump administration lawyers revealed in court on Tuesday.
Lawyers for the Department of Justice (DOJ) said the administration is currently unable to determine if the child, who is under the age of 5, was separated from the parent, and the government hasn’t been able to locate the parent for more than a year, according to the court filing that gave an update on efforts to reunite families.
One child “cannot be reunified at this time because the parent’s location has been unknown for more than a year,” the filing said. “Defendants are unable to conclusively determine whether the parent is a class member, and records show the parent and child might be U.S. citizens.”
The Hill adds:
U.S. officials are scrambling to meet a court-ordered deadline to reunite 102 children under the age of 5 who have been separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.
According to DOJ attorneys, a total of 75 of the 102 children in custody of the Department of Health and Human Services are eligible for reunification. DOJ attorneys said they expect to reunify a total of 38 by Tuesday’s deadline.