Biden will reunite four of the 1,000 migrant families separated on the border with Mexico under Trump
The Joe Biden administration will initiate the reunification process for migrant families who have been divorced as part of former President Donald Trump’s zero-tolerance policy against illegal immigration.
Homeland Security Minister Alejandro Mayorkas said in a phone call Sunday evening that four families will be reunited this week.
The president promised during his campaign that he would reunite families separated after crossing the border and created a task force dedicated to reunification shortly after taking office.
“Our team is committed to finding every family and giving them the opportunity to reunite and heal,” Mayorkas told reporters on Sunday.
“We will continue to work tirelessly to reunite many more children with their parents in the coming weeks and months,” Mayorkas said during the conversation. “We still have a lot of work to do, but I’m proud of the progress we’ve made and the reunions we’ve helped bring about this week.”
It is not immediately clear how DHS selected these four families to be the first to be reunited, and the agency has not yet responded to a request for more information from DailyMail.com.
Joe Biden’s administration will begin this week to reunite families who were separated when crossing the border under Donald Trump’s ‘zero-tolerance’ immigration policy. Here, an immigrant mother carries her children to the US after crossing illegally from Mexico
Four of the 1,000 families who remain separated will be reunited this week as Biden’s Family Reunification Task Force continues to initiate the process. Pictured: Migrant families overcrowded at a U.S. border facility in McAllen, Texas in June 2019
Two of the four are mothers – a Mexican and a Honduran – who separated from their children in 2017, Mayorkas detailed without giving their identities. He described the range from children from 3 years old at the time of divorce to “teenagers who have had to live without their parents during their most formative years.”
The Executive Director of the Family Reunification Task Force, Michelle Brane, said the parents will return to the US on humanitarian parole as authorities consider longer-term legal status.
Under Trump’s policy, families arriving at the border were separated into different facilities, with most parents and adults deported, while children were held in federal custody.
Now Biden will begin the process of allowing parents who were previously deported to return to the US to be with their children.
Record numbers of illegal immigrants continue to enter the US as Biden promises no unaccompanied children will be rejected and said during his campaign that he would accept all asylum seekers. Here, a smuggler paddles immigrants down the Rio Grande River on April 30
As of the summer of 2017, Trump introduced a zero-tolerance policy to make it easier to prosecute illegal immigrants, which led to more than 5,000 children being separated from their parents. The practices were officially ended by court order in June 2018.
Brane believes there are still 1,000 families that are separated.
Despite the reunification process starting this week, the Biden government is still facing the biggest problems on the southern border.
In recent months, Biden has seen record numbers of illegal immigrants cross, as he promised during his campaign that all asylum seekers would have a place in the US.
There are also tens of thousands of unaccompanied minor children in federal custody after White House public reports pledged not to reject children who arrived at the border without an adult.
Migrants from Northern Triangle countries continue to take dangerous steps to enter the US
Four people were killed and more than two dozen others were hospitalized on Sunday after a boat capsized and disintegrated in rough water just off the coast of San Diego during a suspected human trafficking operation, authorities said.
Smugglers continue dangerous tactics to get immigrants to the US Four people were killed and nearly two dozen others were hospitalized after a boat capsized just off the coast of San Diego on Sunday
The image above shows debris washing ashore just off the coast of San Diego on Sunday
Video footage taken by horrified beachgoers shows the boat tipping over in the water before falling apart as it was battered by the waves and rocks.
According to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department, lifeguards, the United States Coast Guard and other agencies responded to reports of a ship overturned in the waves near the rugged Point Loma peninsula at around 10 a.m.
The original call was for a handful of people overboard, but when rescue workers arrived in boats and jet skis, they soon realized that “ it was going to be a bigger situation with more people, ” said San Diego Lifeguard Services Lt. Rick Romero.
“There are people in the water who are drowning, being sucked out of the electric shock there,” he said. ‘Once we got there, the boat had in fact disintegrated. Conditions were quite rough: 1.5 to 1.8 meters surf, windy, cold. ‘