Some migrant children may never be reunited with their parents, expert believes

Posted at 6:24 PM, Jun 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-20 21:36:08-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Migrant parents separated from their children may not be reunited any time soon - or ever, according to a San Diego expert.

Richard Villasana is the founder of the nonprofit Forever Home for Foster Kids. For 25 years, he has helped reunite more than 10,000 families around the world.

Villasana anticipates a tough road ahead for the government.

“This is going to be a daunting task for this administration to take the thousands of children that have been separated and reunite them with relatives,” said Villasana.

PHOTOS: Migrant families wait at Central Processing Center

The process could take years because the government will be dealing with international agencies and children who could be too young to remember where they came from, Villasana said, adding that many migrant children won’t have paperwork to verify who they are.

“The government has a huge challenge that could take years for these children to come out of the system. This is not a quick fix; this won't happen in the next month. People need to understand that it will take a great amount of time and effort and in most cases years to track down relatives,” said Villasana.

He also believes there are cases in which the children will never find their families.