United States reunites migrant children with their parents

photo VD: Milagro Orellana.

Editorial Dept. Voz de la Diaspora

U.S – The Family Reunification Task Force identified five thousand 639 migrant children who were separated from their parents between July 2017 and january of 2021, during the administration of former President Donald Trump. Of minors, three thousand 913 were sent to shelters under the zero tolerance policy and there are a thousand 723 who continue alone in the country because their cases are under review.

According to DHS (in English, Department of Homeland Security), non-governmental organizations contributed to a thousand 779 minors were reunited with their loved ones in the country, by court order. Seven of the children achieved reunification in the past month, thanks to the work of the group formed during the administration of President Joe Biden.

The Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas promised to work because migrant children who are still in shelters, return to their parents and follow the asylum application process without having to leave the North American country.

“When we reunited the first seven families last month, I said this was just the beginning. In the coming weeks we will reunify 29 more families”, Mayorkas said, Secretary of Homeland Security.

photo VD: Milagro Orellana.

President Joe Biden announced in February the creation of the body that will work for family reunification and chose Mayorkas to lead it., considering their migrant origin and with extensive knowledge of the subject.

The 2 of June, the task force presented the first report to the White House, achieving reunification of seven minors with their families in the last 30 days.

Thousands of families who came to the southern border of the country, from Mexico and Central America, were separated in order to discourage irregular migration. The Trump administration was harshly criticized for its anti-migrant policies, that put unemployment in the 2018, although later cases of family separation were reported.

The Department of Homeland Security has registered 2 thousand 127 migrant children whose destination has not been confirmed, because the Trump administration failed to report reunification with his parents.

Those reunited will have temporary permits

For this month of June of the current year, the Government will grant humanitarian parole to 29 families, who will meet in the next few weeks, will receive assistance to overcome the experience of separation and rebuild their life in the United States.

The authorities will issue a permit for 36 months and in that time they will be able to request the renewal, although this action does not guarantee that they will be eligible for citizenship in the future.

The White House identified errors in the records obtained during the Trump administration, they detected incorrect dates and names, wrongfully delivered migrant children to other families. Several cases are already being investigated.

photo VD: Milagro Orellana.