Trump Administration Asks For 2 Years To Identify Thousands Of Separated Families
After ceasing their practice to separate thousands of children from their immigrant parents from mid 2017 to mid 2018, the Trump administration is now wanting at least 2 years to identify and reunite said separated families.
Additionally, the Justice Department claims the task is more laborious since the children are no longer in government custody; therefore they’re needing at least 1 year to review over 47,000 cases of unaccompanied minors taken into custody between July 1, 2017 and June 25, 2018, and another to reunite.
In addition, as this happens, the administration would need to provide information on a rolling basis to the American Civil Liberties Union; an organization who sued to reunite families and criticized the 2-year request. Its lead attorney, Lee Gelernt, stated, “We strongly oppose a plan that could take up to two years to locate these families. The government needs to make this a priority.”
Furthermore, the end of the government’s practices ended on June 26, 2018 after U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw ordered that more than 2,700 children in government custody return to their families.