Q: WHY doesn't govt reunite the kids w/parents?
A: It's not in ORR/DHS's best interest to return the children. They get LOTS of $$ via Congress to "take care" of "unaccompanied" children, & a lot of $$ will go to for-profit companies.
A few weeks ago, I canoodled how much it cost us, at then current detainee population, to detain all these asylum seekers, at ICE & ORR facilities (but not CBP):
That doesn't include CBP sites, cuz we've never really known how much those cost per person per day. But they supposedly have close to 40,000 in custody now (it was 28,000.)
ALMOST ALL ORR sites, however, are non-profits, with a few notable exceptions: the temporary ones, on federal land.
Their last contract, for ~$340MILLION, was no bid.
Why would they do that?
So, if DHS releases the children to their parents, all those sweet taxpayer dollars stay out of the hands of greedy corporations making bank on their misery.
We can't have that.
DHS: Dept of Homeland Security, which encompasses ICE & CBP
CBP: Customs &Border Control, usually first to encounter anyone crossing the border, whether children/family/single adults; makes "FU" determination
ICE: Immigration & Customs Enforcement;
Border Patrol Stations: where folks are "processed" after being "apprehended;" this "processing" seems to be taking weeks now, not days;
FU: Family Unit--> child & biological parent(s), is all that counts these days, apparently, despite the law, when one crosses the border
IOW, if a 7yr old girl arrives with her grandma, the only mother she's ever known, CBP WILL take her from grandma,
ORR: Office of Refugee Resettlement; under auspices of Dept. Health & Human Services; responsible for long term detention of UACs, but *only as a means to releasing them to family* in the States....supposedly.
Laws: things that exist for trump to break