Advocates warn: Many separated kids will be placed in foster care

Advocates warn: Many separated kids will be placed in foster care
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It will be difficult to reunite many migrant children separated from their families at the border with their parents and many will likely end up in the American foster care system, advocates tell The Associated Press.

That system offers few Spanish-speaking caseworkers, making it difficult to track down the children’s relatives and other members of their families that might hesitate to step forward because of their own fears of being deported.

“Because they are Latino and because their relatives are living, not in Europe, not in Asia, but down south of the border, they are going to be discriminated against,” Richard Villasana, founder of Forever Homes for Foster Kids, a group focused on locating relatives of foster children, told the AP.

“That’s exactly what’s going to happen to these migrant kids," he continued. "The probability they are going to get better treatment than our U.S.-born Latino children? It’s not going to happen."

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The foster care advocates also raised concerns over the difficulties in reuniting children with parents who may have already been deported, noting that a reunification process was not in place at the time of the separations.

Questions remain about the fate of separated children after President TrumpDonald John TrumpNFL freezes policy barring players from protesting during anthem McConnell spokesman on Putin visit: 'There is no invitation from Congress' Petition urges University of Virginia not to hire Marc Short MORE signed an order ending the family separation policy: The 1997 Flores settlement states that the children cannot be held in immigration detention centers for more than 20 days.

The Department of Justice filed a request last week to modify the settlement.

The Trump administration said over the weekend that it knows the location of all of the separated migrant children and laid out a process for reuniting them with their families. But no plan of action to reunite the families has been made public.