- The fact that hundreds of parents cannot be found through this effort shows once again how appalling the original separations were—the government separated over 1,000 families before the official announcement of the Zero Tolerance policy in 2018, and it has taken enormous effort simply to try to account for these families.
- This news comes in the face of now widespread evidence that a number of White House and government officials pushed for this cruel policy to be tested in 2017 despite knowing the risks, the absence of effective tracking mechanisms, and just how young many of these children were; they still pushed forward with the pilot and then later the horrific Zero Tolerance policy.
- With all the focus on finding parents, it is important to remember the damage that was intentionally inflicted by the government on children and parents in the name of “deterrence.” Thousands are still suffering greatly as we see among the separated children KIND serves. The separation inflicted permanent trauma on these children. We broke these families apart. We should be asking, how will we make them whole?
 See, e.g.: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/immigration/trump-cabinet-officials-voted-2018-white-house-meeting-separate-migrant-n1237416; https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/06/us/politics/family-separation-border-immigration-jeff-sessions-rod-rosenstein.html