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The Biden administration’s task force is reuniting 400 migrant families separated under Trump

The Biden administration has reunited 400 children with their parents after they were separated as migrants crossing the southern border under the Trump administration, said Michelle Brané, the executive director of the Family Reunification Task Force.

More than 5,000 families have been separated under Trump’s 2018 “zero tolerance” policy and a 2017 pilot program, and proponents estimate over 1,000 remain separated. Because the Trump administration did not keep a record of which children were separated and where they were sent, the task force and attorneys working on behalf of separated families have had difficulty identifying families to give them a chance at reunification Offer.

In most of the recently merged cases, Brané said, the parents were deported while the children stayed in the United States. Now parents have the option to travel to the US for a fee and bring other family members who depend on them. and live and work legally in the United States for three years.

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Family advocates have lobbied for permanent legal status on behalf of separated families, but so far the Biden administration has not endorsed that provision.

Brané said the reunion also includes mental health services for families both before and after the reunion. She said many of the families have suffered from serious mental health issues following their separation and counseling is often required before getting back together.

“You don’t want to just throw kids into an environment with a parent that they haven’t seen for maybe five years,” Brané said.

President Joe Biden signed an executive order shortly after taking office creating a task force to locate and reunite separated families, and the task force began reuniting families in May 2021. Previously, other families were reunited alone or with the help of lawyers.

Lee Gelernt, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union representing the separated families in a class action lawsuit, said, “We’re excited about the hundreds of children who will finally be with their parents after all these years, but we’re not even there yet.” halfway through reuniting all of the families that remain separated by the Trump administration.

“And in fact, we still haven’t located nearly 200 families. I think the Biden administration would agree that there is still work to be done.”

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/immigration/biden-administration-task-force-reunites-400-migrant-families-separate-rcna41013 The Biden administration’s task force is reuniting 400 migrant families separated under Trump

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