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Study: ‘Several Hundred’ Parents Deported Without Their Children in April

“Several hundred” undocumented parents appear to have been deported without their children in April 2018 alone, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) sponsored by Syracuse University. Breaking down newly acquired Border Patrol data, TRAC found that only 851 children out of 5,144 arrested in April have been deported, contrasting with 1,060 deportations of the 4,537 undocumented adults arrested that month. (Some children cross the border unaccompanied by their parents.) April 2018 was the month Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy that included family separations. Major questions remain about the scope and location of children separated from their families by the Trump administration. The Daily Beast has asked the Department of Homeland Security for a response to the TRAC analysis and will update this post if it receives any.

— Spencer Ackerman