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Lawyers have reunited 105 separated migrant kids with their parents in the last month

Over the last month, a group of lawyers and advocates working to reunite migrant children and parents who were separated during the Trump administration were able to successfully track down the parents of 105 kids, NBC News reports.

In a court filing on Wednesday, the lawyers said they are still searching for the parents of 506 children, and believe that in 322 of those cases, the parents have likely been deported. Many migrant parents have agreed to leave the United States so their children can claim asylum, the lawyers said.

The kids and their parents were separated in 2018 under the Trump administration's zero tolerance policy. President Biden has created a task force to help with reunification efforts, and the lawyers representing the separated families stated in the court filing they will work with the team. Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Immigrants' Rights Project, is one of the lawyers trying to reunite parents and their children, and he has said the task force should help bring deported parents back to the U.S. under special protections.