Biden administration is going to reunite four migrant families, who were separated at the US-Mexico border under Trump’s administration. The news was announced by the Department of Homeland Security on Monday.
The process will be carried out this week by the family reunification task force set up by President Biden. The task force is housed in DHS and involves federal agencies for identification and reunification of the families separated as under Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy.
The Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told on Sunday, “The first families reuniting this week are mothers, they are sons, they are daughters, they are children who were 3 years old at the time of separation. They are teenagers who have had to live without their parent during their most formative years,”
According to Michelle Brané, executive director of the family reunification task force, families will be receiving humanitarian parole to enter the US, and reunify with their children who are in the country.
These four immigrant families are among thousands of those families, who got separated from their children under Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy. The identification of these four families haven’t been revealed to maintain privacy. However, these four families include at least one child, who got separated at the age of 3, and two women who were separated from their kids in late 2017.
As per the government data, this policy resulted in separation of around 2800 children from their parents, and 1000 more children had been separated even before the policy came into being.
Other than that, Michelle Braine told that the task force has identified more than a thousand separated families. On the other hand, the attorneys of the ongoing family separation case are reportedly trying to reach the parents of 445 migrant children separated from their families at the US-Mexico border between 2017 and 2018.
According to Mayorkas, who approved the task force, “Since the executive order was signed, the task force has been working to identify parents and children separated by the prior administration, establish a system to reunite them safely, and ensure they are provided support after the traumatic experience they endured,”
However, Carol Anne Donohoe, the managing attorney of Al Otro Lado’s Family Reunification Project has said otherwise. She said that Biden administration is taking credit for something that they didn’t do much for. Carol said, “Despite what Secretary Mayorkas would have the public believe, DHS has done nothing to facilitate the return and reunification of these parents this week, other than to agree to allow them in. The only reason these mothers will be standing at the port of entry is because Al Otro Lado negotiated their travel visas with the Mexican government, paid for their airline tickets and arranged for reunification.”