NEW: President Biden’s family separation task force has identified 5,600 “yet-to-be-reviewed” files for evidence of additional family separations under the Trump administration, according to a senior DHS official who briefed reporters on the progress of the task force today.
“We found the list we had when we came in was not comprehensive and included large timeframes that had not been reviewed,” official said.

New files are from ORR, between January 20, 2017 and July 2017, time period not included in the lawsuit filed by ACLU against Trump admin.
Approx. 2,800 families were separated during Trump's “zero tolerance” policy, and lawyers said more than 1,000 had been separated prior to the policy’s implementation. The official said new files may reveal “a few additional families” who have not yet been identified.
More key details here, reported with @JuliaEAinsley.…
“We now believe there may have been separations in the first six months of the Trump administration and we applaud the task force for agreeing to review cases during this time period,” @ACLU’s @leegelernt told @NBCNews in a statement.…

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8 Apr
BREAKING: According to a federal court filing tonight, parents of 445 kids separated at the border by Trump admin still have not yet been reached. Lawyers searching have made contact with parents of 61 kids since their last filing, when parents of 506 kids hadn’t been reached.
Of those who haven’t been reached, lawyers believe parents of 302 kids were deported, parents of 129 are somewhere in the United States and 
parents of 14 (down from 16) have contact information that has not yet been provided by the government to the lawyers. (h/t @JuliaEAinsley)
Earlier today, we reported the Biden family separation reunification task force has identified 5,600 “yet-to-be-reviewed” fillies for evidence of additional family separations by the Trump administration.…
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26 Mar
To get an up-close look at an increase in migration of *asylum-seeking unaccompanied minors* my colleague @BreakingChesky just reported Republican Senators are about to ride up and down the Rio Grande on @TxDPS boats outfitted with multiple .30 caliber machine guns.
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24 Mar
NEW: Biden transition officials say Trump admin delayed action on adding capacity for unaccompanied migrant minors. "They were sitting on their hands," one officials told NBC News. "It was incredibly frustrating." With @JuliaEAinsley and @strickdc.…
Government official who served under both Trump and Biden said non-political staff also brought up the need to open more space. The official said it was "irresponsible of the Trump administration not to listen to us when we were throwing up red flags."…
It was not until five days before the Biden inauguration that Trump's HHS Secretary Alex Azar finally issued a "Request for Assistance," which started the multi-week process of surveying sites to increase capacity. Biden opened Carrizo Springs on Feb. 22.…
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24 Mar
Seeing former Trump officials suddenly defend a free press. The truth: yes, at height of separations they did let us in to CBP "epicenter," as Katie Miller called it, in McAllen. But never with our own cameras, and, as she told me then, to head off visit by Congressional Dems.
Later, in 2019, after Trump retreated on family separations and CBP facilities became horribly overcrowded, they did allow cameras into CBP facilities. Biden admin should do the same, and include local journalists.
On Trump admin "transparency," see this:
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22 Mar
People seeking asylum won’t stop because a U.S. president says stern things like “don’t come.” Obama tried — didn’t work. Trump separated families — didn’t work. It won’t work for Biden. Deterrence and punishment do not work. Thanks @TheView for having me.
Always appreciate speaking with you all @WhoopiGoldberg @JoyVBehar @sunny @ananavarro @sarahaines. Grateful for the invitation.
Here’s the second half of my conversation this morning with @TheView team about the situation at the border — we specifically discuss the leaked photos of the overcrowded Border Patrol facility.
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18 Mar
Biden admin is clear about wanting to build a fair, safe and orderly immigration system. But keeping reporters out of facilities currently overcrowded with children — preventing people from seeing what it is they want to change — doesn’t help their case.
I should also add, lawyers have not been able to gain access to the Donna facility -- only to interview minors detained there in a designated area.
To be clear: I'm not advocating for allowing outside observers to take and share photos or images that violate the privacy of minors. Simply for allowing outside observers to see the conditions the DHS Secretary says himself no child should be kept in.
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