Since February the parents of 61 migrant children separated by their families have been located on the US-Mexico border by the Trump administration, but lawyers still cannot file the parents of the 445 children in court.
In the filing, the Justice Department and the American Civil Liberties Union indicated slow progress in the ongoing effort to reunite families affected by the policy of prosecuting all unspecified immigrants in the United States, even if it meant children from their parents To be separated.
The revaluation comes as an update in efforts, when the Biden administration struggles to address the growing number of migrants seeking to enter the United States at the border with Mexico, including several jailed children under the law. Includes confinement for longer than permitted. .
The majority of the remaining 445 children are believed to have been deported to parents, while more than 100 children are believed to be currently parents in the United States, according to the court. The government has so far provided contact information that will help locate the families of more than a dozen children.
Although the court filing states that American agencies and the ACLU continue to work together to reunite families, the effort has proved more difficult as time goes on. Initial searches began under the Trump administration after the family separation policy was repealed in the summer of 2018.
Only a fraction of the approximately 2,700 children who were initially separated under the policy, and President Biden have indicated that reuniting those remaining children with their families is a priority. During his first week in office, Mr. Biden called for Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro N., to focus on the reunification of families. Signed an executive order forming a task force led by Mayurakas.
Advocates of families separated at the border during the Trump administration continued to press the president to move swiftly to relocate them. Lee Gelernt, an ACLU lawyer who has fought a long legal battle against Mr. Trump’s secession policy, said some progress was made, but much more must be done.
“We and the Biden administration don’t have a huge job yet if we are going to fix the terrible abuses of the Trump administration’s family separation practice,” he said.