January 25, 2022
Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) submits this comment in response to the above Request for Input, “Identifying Recommendations To Support the Work of the Interagency Task Force on the Reunification of Families,” published by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on December 10, 2021 (86 Fed. Reg. 70512). Through its work with more than a thousand separated children and parents, KIND has witnessed the devastating and enduring impact of the Zero Tolerance policy on the wellbeing, lives, and safety of affected families. We know, however, that unnecessary and harmful separations of families in the U.S. immigration system are not limited to this policy alone, but both predated it and continue to occur.