HHS secretary says some migrant children haven’t been reunited for their own safety


WASHINGTON D.C. (News4Utah)- The Department of Homeland Security says it has reunited 57 young migrant children with their families by order of a judge.

New Mexico Senator Tom Udall says Congress needs more proof the Trump administration has fully complied with the court order.

“I’m very worried about the numbers; I’m not sure they’re accurate,” he said.

A judge ordered DHS to reunite children under five with relatives by this week. Homeland Security reports 57 of the 103 kids in its custody are now back with their parents.

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar says the others could not be returned to the adults who brought them there. Some for their own safety.

“We’ve saved kids’ lives by keeping them from being with some really evil people. Some of them are keeping them with people who are not their parents,” said Azar.

For others, the rest of the family has already been deported.

Senate Democrats say they want Azar to explain, in testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“I find this to be a disaster. I find this to be unacceptable; there’s no transparency,” Sen. Udall says.

The senator says he is worried about the thousands of migrant children between five and 18 that remain in HHS care.

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