Trump administration to hold event honoring 'the heroes' of ICE

Trump administration to hold event honoring 'the heroes' of ICE
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The Trump administration is reportedly planning an event that will honor Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents next week.

An administration official told Politico on Thursday that the White House will be holding the "Salute to the Heroes of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs [and] Border Protection" on Monday. 

The White House did not immediately return a request for comment from The Hill.


The event comes as hundreds of immigrant children separated from their parents at the U.S.–Mexico border under the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy remain in government custody

Just last week, ICE said in a court filing that the U.S. government has more than 300 children in custody whose parents are outside the U.S.

This week, a new update from the Trump administration and the ACLU stated that 565 migrant children detained at the border remain in U.S. custody.

About 1,500 migrant children have been reunited with their families since the Trump administration, in June, reversed its policy of separating children from their parents.

The administration has continued to face scrutiny from officials over how it plans to reunite each family. 

According to Politico, the event has already sparked outrage.

“Only this White House would give medals for taking thousands of immigrant children from their parents," Tom Jawetz, vice president for immigration policy at the left-leaning Center for American Progress, told the news outlet. "And continuing to detain hundreds of orphaned kids in defiance of a court order.”