More than 5,000 families were separated under Donald Trump’s 2018 “zero tolerance” policy, but estimates from advocates say over 1,000 remain separated. But because the Trump administration didn’t keep records of which children were separated and where they were sent, a task force from the Biden administration, along with lawyers working on behalf of separated families, have had a difficult time identifying families to offer them the chance of reunification.
But now the Biden administration has reunited at least 400 children with their parents after they were separated as migrants crossing the southern border under the harsh policies enacted by the Trump administration.
President Joe Biden signed an executive order soon after he took office establishing a task force to find and reunite separated families, and the task force began reunifying families in May 2021. Previously, other families were reunited on their own or through the help of lawyers.
— FWD.us (@FWDus) August 1, 2022
In the majority of the recently reunited cases, the parents were deported while the children remained in the U.S. Now, the parents are being given the opportunity to come to the U.S. on paid travel, bring other members of their family who are dependent on them, and live and work in the U.S. legally for three years. Lawyers for the families have advocated for legal permanent status on behalf of separated families, but so far the Biden administration has not agreed to that provision.
Hell of a day for the Biden admin:
PACT Act passes in Senate
Lowest uninsured rate in HISTORY
75th judge confirmed
Yemen truce extended
NO wins in KS
DOJ sues Idaho over abortion law
400 seperated families reunited
18th Op Fly Formula mission approved
Gas drops 49th day in a row
— What Biden Has Done (@What46HasDone) August 3, 2022
Family reunifications also include mental health services for families both before and after reunification, as of the families have suffered from profound mental health issues after their separation and counseling is often needed before they reunify.