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it's been over a year since the judge blocked a trump administration policy that separated children from their parents seeking asylum on the U. S. Mexico border the change came after images like these of children in cages sparked outrage at home and abroad , US officials still separate some families that cross the border if there's an issue with documentation or if they believe the children are at risk they also routinely separate children from other relatives such as siblings aunts and uncles this approach was also followed under the Obama administration in an effort to prevent child trafficking but there's a new element to this the trump administration's recent policy that send some migrants back to Mexico to await their legal claims and sometimes without their kids putting an international border between them writers Christina cook spoke with migrant families attorneys and advocates about the problem so their number of issues that arise if you send the care giver %HESITATION , back to Mexico and the child I have it sent to a shelter in the US often that care giver may have details about the location of a potential sponsor for the child or admit they may have details about the child the silent case I'm that the child may not be able to communicate themselves and if the care giver is in in Mexico and they may also not have a fixed address and and be more difficult to contact writer spoke with one migrant data from Guatemala who was separated from his fourteen year old son after a border patrol agent deemed the boys photocopied birth certificate to be fake despite his protests head out of the who asked us not to use his last name said officers took his son Walter away well he was returned to Mexico according to migrant families and their attorneys it can take weeks before parents or caregivers find out where the child is sometimes longer head out of the was helped by lawyers and a government official last week the father and son saw each other for the first time in three months