Fact check: Hillary Clinton's claim on children separated from parents at US border


Hillary Clinton wrote a tweet in which she claimed that 565 children are still separated from their parents, apparently referring to minors from migrant families who were split at the U.S. borders.

Hillary Clinton on Twitter

It’s been three weeks since the deadline for the administration to reunify families it separated at the border. Today, 565 children are still reportedly separated from their parents. #FamiliesBelongTogether

Claim: 

565 children are still reportedly separated from their parents.

Fact check: 

True (as of 12.00 pm ET on August 16, 2018).

The American Civil Liberties Union, who have filed legal proceedings on this matter, told WikiTribune that “there have been court-ordered status reporters through the case proceedings so this is based on the most recent one [from 12.00 pm ET on August 16, 2018]. The next one will be filed tonight at 6pm ET [August 23].”

The latest court document is embedded here:

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    Email correspondence with ACLU:

    To: ACLU Media
    Subject: WikiTribune Query

    Hi,

    I write for WikiTribune, a new news site launched by the founder of Wikipedia.

    We would like to cite your figures on children separated from their families, but I just wanted to ask what that figure is based on first?

    Any info would be much appreciated.

    Kind regards,

    Jack Barton
    Journalist/Producer
    WikiTribune

    From: ACLU Media
    Subject: RE: WikiTribune Query
    To: Jack Barton

    Hi Jack,

    There have been court-ordered status reporters through the case proceedings so this is based on the most recent one. The next one will be filed tonight at 6pm ET.

    https://www.aclu.org/legal-document/ms-l-v-ice-joint-status-report-2

    Here is the most recent one.

    Best,

    Thomas Dresslar
    Media Relations Associate
    American Civil Liberties Union

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