Biden Administration Reunites 400 Families

Shortly after President Biden took office, he signed an executive order establishing a task force to find and reunite families who were separated under Donald Trump’s 2018 “zero tolerance” policy. Since May 2021, the Biden administration has reunited 400 children with their parents.

Under the zero tolerance policy, the Department of Justice prosecuted every single adult migrant apprehended crossing the border illegally, meaning outside a legal port of entry. No exceptions were made for asylum seekers or migrants accompanied by minor children. Babies and toddlers were brutally torn apart from their parents and put into the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). The whereabouts of the parents/adults vary but many were deported. The Trump administration did not keep track of which children were separated and where they were sent, which has made the job of reuniting them extremely difficult.

Now, these parents are being given the opportunity to come to the U.S. and to bring other dependent family members so that they can live and work legally in the U.S. for three years. The families’ lawyers are advocating for legal permanent status.

According to Michelle Brané, the Executive Director of the Family Reunification Task Force, the reunification also includes mental health services for families, a critical need for these families who suffered immensely under the monstrous zero tolerance policy.

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