Schumer calls for immigration czar

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Senate's top Democrat is calling for the Trump administration to appoint a czar to help reunite parents and children who were separated at the border.

Sen. Chuck Schumer said Sunday that the federal government should appoint the czar until officials reunite all of the families that were separated.

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump ordered the separation practice to stop. But officials said there were 2,053 minors that were separated at the border and being cared for in federally funded facilities across the U.S., as of last Wednesday. It is unclear how long it might take to reunite families.

Schumer said officials must speed up efforts to end the "continued chaos of detained children who remain in limbo."

He says a czar could work across agencies to help reunite still-separated children and their parents.

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