The Secretary of Homeland Security confirmed that the process begins with the meeting of four families who were estranged in 2017 and 2018, with the aim of "repairing the damage."
National Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said Monday that President Joe Biden's government will begin this week to reunite separated immigrant families during the previous administration and will bring together four separate groups tomorrow, 2017 and 2018.
In an interview with CBS Television, Murkas explained that one child was separated from his parents in all four families when he was three years old. He also spoke about the Mexican and Honduran mother, but did not develop on the rest.
This is just the beginning, Mayorkas said in a statement issued after the White House. We will bring this first group of families together, and many more will follow. We recognize the importance of providing stability and resources to the families they need to rehabilitate," he added.
The Biden administration estimates that more than 1,000 families were separated under a program by the Donald Trump administration to combat illegal immigration, and that more than 5,000 children were distributed across the country. had gone. On the contrary, many of their families were deported.
In a televised interview, Mayorkas explained that the task force that Biden has set up to address the issue has partnered with the Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which represents separate families and other groups. "To reunite families and restore this loss."
There are hundreds of families pending here, and we're going to reunite them all," he added. Our team is focused on finding each family and allowing you to be reunited.
"His organization is very happy with the news of the four-family alliance, but we don't think it's time to celebrate," said Lee Gelernt, ACLU's deputy director. We've been working on it for four years, and we know how much remains to be done," he added. "We hope the Biden government will recognize that, Lee Gelernt told NPR Radio.
In 2018, a federal court ordered the Trump administration to reunite thousands of immigrant families. Still, the ruling did not benefit many parents who had been deported before the lawsuit was filed.
US President Joe Biden signed a decree last February to form a working group to reunite separated families during the Trump administration.
The working group is in the process of dismantling many alliances in the coming months, and in early June, it intends to give an account of what it has achieved, the White House said in a statement.