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Honduras identifies 459 children separated from families in US

AFP  |  Tegucigalpa 

A total of 459 Honduran children separated from their parents as a result of Washington's "zero tolerance" immigration policy have now been identified, officials said yesterday, a jump from previous figures.

The new number was issued by the foreign ministry a day after the government said that the country's consular officials in the US had identified 313 Honduran children in visits to shelters following Donald Trump's decision to end family separations.

A foreign ministry statement said the number of parents arrested and separated from their children totalled 289.

It added that the ministry had sent a note to Kirstjen Nielsen, thanking the US for ending the policy and urgently seeking an official list of the separated families.

The came under fierce international criticism for forcibly separating thousands of families, most of them from and seeking asylum due to violence in their home countries.

The backlash led Trump to suspend the separations, which were ordered as part of the administration's effort to deter migrants from illegally crossing the Mexican border.

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First Published: Sat, July 14 2018. 12:45 IST