WATCH: All migrant kids under 5 set to be reunited: US official

2018-07-12 14:32

All migrant children under age five who are eligible will be reunified with their parents by early on Thursday morning, a Trump administration official said, but the announcement is being met with skepticism from rights groups.

More than 2 300 children were stripped from their parents and adult relatives after illegally crossing the US-Mexico border since May 5 and placed in tent camps and other facilities, with no way to contact their relatives.

After a downturn last year, since October, the number of migrants seeking to cross the southwest US border from impoverished Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, as well as from Mexico, has surged.

From March to May this year, more than 50 000 people a month were apprehended for illegally crossing the border. About 15% of those are arriving as families, and 8% as unaccompanied children.

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