NEW: Lawyers say they still have not reached parents of 611 kids separated by Trump, per tonight's court filing. That number breaks down this way:

➡️ Parents of 392 were deported
➡️ Parents of 201 are likely in U.S.
➡️ Trump admin has no contact info for parents of 18 kids
Last month, that number was 628. Incoming Biden-Harris admin has said these reunifications will be a top priority of a yet-to-be-named family separation task force. Whether or not all families will be reunited in the United States is TBD. They haven't said.
The total number of separations by the Trump administration is over 5,000 according to the ACLU.
Last week, President-elect Biden told @GeoffRBennett his DOJ will conduct a “thorough, thorough investigation” into Trump’s family separations, which he dubbed “criminal” when asked about still-separated children by @kwelkernbc during his final debate with President Trump.
A judge ruled separated families are entitled to mental health services paid for by the Trump admin, but @SenecaFOA and @SenecaTPMF, the NGO offering the services, says contacting them is like doing detective work because of poor government record-keeping.

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14 Jan
BREAKING: Department of Justice officials respond to new Inspector General report, which says DOJ was "driving force" behind family separations, by blaming Trump, expressing regret.

With @JuliaEAinsley.…
A former DOJ official tells us "the most important thing from this is the very deep premeditation and intentionality for the entire family separation effort regardless of known harm that would come to parents and children... cruelty was the intent."…
Important: this report could provide a road map for the incoming Biden administration to investigate those responsible for the policy President-elect Joe Biden called "criminal" to @kwelkernbc and told @GeoffRBennett his DOJ will investigate.…
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These boxes of homemade thumbprint cookies and mandel bread just arrived from octogenarian @MSNBC viewer Elaine in Atlanta, just in time for me to eat them all while watching our #GASen coverage tonight. Thank you Elaine!
Oops. They actually arrived at the NBC News L.A. bureau on November 5. But I think I still have to try them. Sorry I'm not eating them fresh, Elaine.
Just spoke with Elaine, who already dropped off her ballot and is pulling for a Democratic sweep. I apologized for letting the cookies go stale.
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NEW: Doctors say the Trump administration irreversibly traumatized thousands of families separated at the border. Hundreds are still unreachable. We went inside @SenecaTPMF’s effort to track them down and offer mental health services for @NBCNightlyNews.
This search would have started far sooner had the White House not killed a settlement agreement to fund @SenecaFOA's efforts, as we exclusively reported.…
To learn more about Seneca's search for the families, and the challenges they face, read this great report from @brittny_mejia.…
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NEW: Biden transition official declines to say if Trump admin is sharing info on separated families, citing MOU. No details yet on members of promised reunification task force, if families will be allowed back in USA, nor if they'll extend contract for mental health services.
Other immigration news from transition officials today:
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I hung out in Vegas with @kasie once in 2016 as Road Warriors. Now she's letting me fill in on @WayTooEarly Wednesday morning.

⏰ SET YOUR ALARM/DVR. 12/23. 5AM ET. ⏰

I don't expect @KatyTurNBC to pop her head in like this -- but we could try cold FaceTiming? #WayTooEarly
Also, before you ask, yes, I petitioned to change the name of the show to "Way Too Late" for a day, since I'm out here in Los Angeles. They said no.
Still haven't figured out what time is the best time to nap before the show.
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And before he tells you, yes, I rear-ended @arimoin's brother one morning, for which I am still very sorry.
In late-breaking news, my mom also informs me she thought @jakeclevine was me at first.
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