“The records are inconsistent and incomplete. We’ve now identified, as I mentioned, over 5,600 new files that were not reviewed at that time,” the official mentioned, citing ongoing litigation that is required a scrub of files. “This is a manual process, manually going through each file looking for clues. It’s our hope and expectation that this process will reveal only a few additional families, but it’s important to look through them and make sure.”
The files are largely from January 20, 2017, till July 2017 and will likely be crosschecked with data in different authorities databases to substantiate whether or not any of these included separations.
“Our current focus is to build the system that will accommodate the safe and secure process necessary to reunite these families,” the official mentioned, including that the duty drive has recognized points with report maintaining alongside the way in which.
“There’s also a lot of missing information in the files and wrong dates, confusion in names, doubled up cases, and those are just a few of the issues we’re discovering,” the official mentioned.
The official mentioned the duty drive is working across the clock, however could not present a timeline on when reunifications, exterior of these taking place by litigation, will start to happen.