Progress Made With Reuniting Immigrant Families According To U.S Judge
There’s been “very promising progress” in reuniting the families who were separated at the U.S-Mexico border according to a federal judge in the U.S.
There were over 2,500 immigrant children who were separated from their parents as part of Trump’s ‘zero-tolerance’ immigration policy, but the forward movement continues to reunite the families.
The government were provided with a deadline by U.S District Judge Dana Sabraw to reunite the families who had been separated. He requested that the government attorney’s provided him with an update with only 6 days to go and the update appeared positive.
According to reports, U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials reported to Sabraw’s San Diego courtroom on Thursday confirming that 364 children over the age of 5 had been reunited by their parent in the past three weeks. On Friday this number increased to 450.
The government, however, were unclear on how many parents and children would be reunited before the July 26th deadline.
Interviews had taken place for nearly 850 parents by Thursday and they were cleared to be reunited with their children. However, 229 parents were ineligible because they had a previous criminal record or they requested that their reunification is “waived” away. The rest of the reviews are still pending.
Of the decisions made so far, 850 parents are facing deportation orders but Sabraw has ordered that deportations are put on hold until a final decision has been made on the reunited families.
Requests have been made for the information that was shared with the American Civil Liberties Union to also be shared with attorney generals that cover 17 states and the District of Columbia. Similar to the ACLU, the lawsuit filed by the attorney generals questioned the policies and the rights to separate the families at the border.
A major priority for Sabraw is making sure that the families are reunited quickly and there have been challenges from the government who claim the reason it’s taking longer than anticipated is so the children can remain safe.
Kristen Niejlsen, the U.S Homeland Security Secretary, clarified that although they have every intention of meeting the deadline proposed by the judge, she wanted to make sure her team didn’t “cut corners”.