Biden Administration Will Let Migrant Families Separated Under Trump Reunite Inside U.S.

THE Biden administration’s task force for reuniting migrant families separated by the Trump administration will give separated families the option to be reunified in the U.S. or their countries of origin, the Homeland Security has announced.

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Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in a White House briefing on Monday, that the separation of thousands of migrant families during the Trump administration was “the most powerful and heartbreaking example of the cruelty that preceded this administration.”

“We are hoping to reunite the families either here or in their country of origin. We hope to be in a position to give them the election, and if, in fact, they seek to reunite here in the United States, we will explore lawful pathways for them to remain in the United States and to address the family needs,” he said.

Attorneys representing the families in a federal lawsuit had called on the Biden administration to allow parents who were separated from their children and then deported without them to come back to the U.S. to reunify.

They argued that without special protections, parents are forced to choose between bringing their children back to dangerous conditions in their home counties or remaining separated.

Mayorkas also said the task force would work with nongovernmental organizations, as well as the countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

Other benefits and protections for separated families include transportation, health care and mental health services, as well as legal, career and educational services, with no costs passed down to families.

A DHS spokesperson said the task force would also consider siblings of separated children for reunification.

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