The administration was forced to admit it had no records to link several hundred children who had been separated from their parents.
Alex Azar, the US Secretary of Health and Human Services, proposed to use DNA to match separated children to their parents.
The Argentine Dirty War is an extreme example, but it began with a declaration of a state of emergency by Mrs.
Perón in November 1974 who was leading a civilian government that was besieged by rampant inflation, corruption, and violence by university students, unions, and leftist organizations.
She gave the military a free hand, and General Videla responded with his — the violent junta-led system of torture and extrajudicial murder — which dissidents renamed “the Dirty War.” The majority of people who were disappeared and killed by the military state were young people.
The Dirty War was primarily a war against youth and young adults who were not seen as citizens but rather as dangerous activists and dissidents — “aliens.” The word “animals” was also applied to them.
Months later we have learned that many of these missing children will never be reunited with their parents.
It is possible that some of these separated children will fill the emptiness of kindly American families seeking to foster or to adopt them.
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