In a late night court filing Thursday, the Trump administration finally filed its “Plan” to reunite deported immigrant parents with children taken from them at the U.S.-Mexico border under President Trump’s “Zero-tolerance” policy – hours after a court-imposed deadline to do so had already passed.
Earlier in July, U.S. District Court Judge Dana Sabraw ordered the government to halt removals and to present a strategy to reunite those parents already deported from the country with their families, by no later than 3 p.m. Pacific Time on August 9.
According to the administration’s plan, one member each from the Department of Justice, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of State will come together to form what the government referred to as the UAC Reunification Coordination Group. Establish contact with parents who have been removed from the United States
3. Determine parent’s intention for child
4. Transport minors to their respective countries of origin
BREAKING: Trump administration files plan, after deadline, to reunite deported parents of 365 kids. According to the report, the Trump administration has the resources to seek out and reunify deported parents with their children, but has chosen to purposefully slow down the family reunification process by keeping those resources to itself.
Specifically, the ACLU claims Immigration and Customs Enforcement has deliberately withheld the phone numbers of deported migrant parents for more than a month, crucial information that would have expedited the family reunification process, for which the administration has said the ACLU is responsible. The ACLU must provide the government with a list of parents they have been unable to contact.Join The Conversation