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Children: Border Patrol and Department

children: The investigation also found that the department falsely claimed there was a central database shared by DHS and the Department of Health and Human Services used to keep track of separated parents and children, according to Toronto Star. People line up to cross into the United States to begin the process of applying for asylum near the San Ysidro port of entry in Tijuana, Mexico. The department's Office of Inspector General found that Customs and Border Patrol held hundreds of children in short-term facilities for longer than permitted and provided inconsistent or incorrect information to their parents. Homeland Security's watchdog says immigration officials were not prepared to manage the consequences of its zero tolerance policy at the border this summer that resulted in separation of nearly 3,000 children from parents. The investigation was demanded by members of Congress from both parties following public outrage over the family separations. Gregory Bull / The Associated Press file photo Investigators found no evidence that such a database exists, John Kelly, the department's acting inspector general, wrote in a memo. ( As reported in the news.