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Trump Administration Says It Could Take Two Years to Reunite Separated Migrant Families
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=48954"><span class="small">Jason Linkins, ThinkProgress</span></a>   
Monday, 08 April 2019 12:54

Linkins writes: "Thousands of families separated at the U.S. southern border may have to wait as long as two years to be reunited, the Trump administration said in a court filing."

Honduran father Juan and his six-year-old son Anthony worship during Sunday Mass in Oakland, California. (photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Honduran father Juan and his six-year-old son Anthony worship during Sunday Mass in Oakland, California. (photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)


Trump Administration Says It Could Take Two Years to Reunite Separated Migrant Families

By Jason Linkins, ThinkProgress

08 April 19


Thousands more families are affected than previously estimated.

housands of families separated at the U.S. southern border may have to wait as long as two years to be reunited, the Trump administration said in a court filing.

The filing comes nearly four months after government inspectors released a report revealing for the first time that the Trump administration had separated thousands more children from their families than previously estimated.

Armed with that report, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) successfully convinced US District Judge Dana Sabraw that these families should be included in a class action lawsuit the organization had filed against the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy. At the time, a lawyer for the Department of Justice warned that this would “blow the case into some other galaxy of a task.”

According to the court filing late Friday, the government plans to complete a statistical analysis of 47,000 case files involving children referred to the Office of Refugee Resettlement, to determine which children were likely to have been caught up in the Trump administration’s border separation policy. After that is completed, they will manually review the case files surfaced by the data analysis, a laborious and time-consuming process.

As CNN reported, Trump administration officials have identified a number of factors that will make the process of reunification an arduous and prolonged ordeal. These include the fact that the additional separated children had all been released from custody to live with sponsors, and that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency “didn’t start tracking separated families as a searchable data set in its records before April 19, 2018.”

The ACLU said the timeline proposed by the government is unacceptable.

“The administration refuses to treat the family separation crisis it created with urgency,” the organization wrote on Twitter. “We strongly oppose any plan that gives the government up to two years to find kids.”

“The government swiftly gathered resources to tear families apart. It must do the same to fix the damage,” it added.

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+2 # treerapper 2019-04-09 02:47
And where is the voice of Congress. Silence!!! Trump's children should be locked up along with the children of at the entire administration and everyone who is silent about this appalling state of affairs should have their children taken away from them until they fix the problem. Always good to try someone else's shoes on, especially when you are responsible for the shoes they are wearing.Let's see then how long it takes to fix this so these gangsters can have their families back?
 
 
+1 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-04-09 06:55
It is good to see the ACLU finally getting into action. The last three administrations -- Bush, Obama, Trump -- have a miserable record of imposing "zero tolerance" on people who enter the US without proper documentation. This includes people who apply for refugee states. Immigration is now run by Homeland Security, a counter-terrori sm outfit that is notorious for its incompetence and its brutality.

Only the courts and congress can resolve this. The Executive with its Homeland Security is hopeless. But the courts and congress can compel the Executive to behave in a humane way toward people, many of whom are victims of the foreign policy.
 
 
+1 # Citizen Mike 2019-04-09 07:35
Good, maximum cruelty, the guiding principle of the Republican Party.