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Michigan immigration lawyers scramble to reunite migrant kids with families

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"There are children whose parents we have not yet been able to reach," Reed said of the 50 children who are in foster care in Michigan after being separated from families at the border.

President Trump's executive order ending family separations at the southern border, but leaving in place the zero-tolerance policy, did nothing to quell the national anger and confusion.

Trump's order did not address what happens for some 2,300 children who have already been taken from their parents after crossing the border. Those children are currently in shelters and foster care across the country, inlcuding here in Michigan.

Susan Reed, managing attorney with the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center, a legal resource center for immigrant communities, joined Stateside to tell us about where these children are and what the future holds for them.

Listen above to hear what's happening with the children, why the difference between unaccompanied minors that cross the border and children separated from families at the border matters so much, and about the challenges that lawyers face in facilitating family reunification.

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