The Biden administration is seeking to give separated migrant families the option of reuniting in either the United States or their country of origin, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said Monday. And, he added, if the families choose the former, "we will explore lawful pathways for them to remain" in the U.S. and "address the family needs, so we are acting as restoratively as possible." President Biden established a task force focused on the reunification effort earlier this month via executive order. In 2018, as part of the Trump administration's zero-tolerance policy, around 2,800 migrant families were separated. Mayorkas said that so far, the Biden administration has brought 105 families together, but around 550 children have yet to be reunited with their parents.

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