Office of Inspector General Reports Department of Homeland Security Planned To Separate Families Without the Ability To Track Them

DHS Lacked Technology Needed to Successfully Account for Separated Migrant Families,” Office of Inspector General, November 25, 2019

Between May 2018 and September 2018, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) planned to separate 26,000 immigrant children from their parents. A recent report from the Office of Inspector General found that DHS knew it did not have the necessary technology to track or reunite these separated families. As a result, it is unlikely that the federal government will ever be able to determine with confidence the true magnitude of family separations and reunifications under the Trump administration. The cruelty and carelessness of the administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy underscore the dire need for an immigration system that protects families and upholds the rule of law.

For more on how to reframe the immigration debate, see CAP’s report: “Restoring the Rule of Law Through a Fair, Humane, and Workable Immigration System.”