More than 200 undocumented immigrant children remain in U.S. custody today, separated from their families. The overwhelming majority of these children face a grim and uncertain future in ICE facilities.
Of the 245 children in custody, 175 have parents who have been removed from the United States. Only 18 of these kids are in the process to reunite with their parents in their home countries. Deported parents of 125 children in custody said they would rather have their kids stay in America than returned to their countries of origin.
Seventy of the detained children have parents who are in ICE custody within the United States. They include 27 youngsters whose parents have chosen not to be reunified with their children. The government has deemed the parents of 26 children unfit to be reunified.