WASHINGTON D.C. (News4Utah)- Hundreds of migrant children remain in U.S. custody separated from their families because the U.S. deported the parents without their children.
Now, the Department of Homeland Security is having difficulty locating the parents.
Sanaa Abrar with “United We Dream” says the Trump administration ripped hundreds of migrant families apart, so it is their responsibility to get them back together.
“The government itself who has had the authority throughout this whole process, that could in one snap of a finger end the zero-tolerance border policy, which it could have done these past few months and still hasn’t,” he said.
Instead of tracking down the deported parents of the more than 400 migrant children still in U.S. custody, Abrar says the government is trying to pass the responsibility to immigrant rights groups.
“I think it is pretty unacceptable that they are putting it on advocates to do the work,” he said.
In a court filing, government lawyers suggested that advocacy groups, like the American Civil Liberties Union, use their lawyers, networks, and volunteers to reunite the families.
The ACLU fired back saying the government “must bear the ultimate burden of finding the parents”, not private entities.
But Tom Jawetz with the Center for American Progress isn’t confident the White House will follow through.
“I don’t have any faith whatsoever in the Trump administration or the people in charge of these policies to put these families back together,” Jawetz said.
The White House has released no reunification plan, but the judge ordered the administration to provide information on all the deported parents they are working to track down by August 10th.