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Nelson: feds must provide answers about reuniting migrant children with parents

Trump administration criticized for "chaotic attempts."
Sen. Bill Nelson on June 20, 2018, discusses his visit to a Homestead, Fla., immigration center  a day earlier.
Sen. Bill Nelson on June 20, 2018, discusses his visit to a Homestead, Fla., immigration center a day earlier.
Published Jul. 2, 2018

WASHINGTON – With the federal government still not being clear about steps to reunite immigrant children with their parents, Sen. Bill Nelson and a group of other Democrats want answers.

"We are deeply concerned by reports of chaotic attempts to reunify parents and children that have been separated at the border," read a letter to the head of the Department of Health and Human Services signed by Nelson and other Democrats, including Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker.

"To help us better understand the current status of reunification efforts, as well as your agencies' plans to improve and hasten reunification, we request that you provide us with the following information by July 6, 2018, with weekly updates and briefings on your progress until all families are reunited."

Read more: What's happening with detained migrant children? A patchwork system makes it hard to find out.

Florida has three shelters housing immigrant children, some taken from their parents under President Trump's zero tolerance policy. Gov. Rick Scott, who is challenging Nelson, offered to assist with reunification but there's no sign HHS has acted on that.

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