The zero-tolerance policy implemented by Donald Trump´s Administration keeps hurting families. U.S. government deported at least 463 parents who were separated from their children at the border between the months of May and June. This number is not final, more people could be affected. Most of these parents have been sent back to Central America. In the meantime, their children, between 5 and 17 years old, are still in the United States in federal custody. The government has not explained when or how these families are going to be reunited.
A federal judge´s order to have reunited 2.551 minors by today looks like is not going to happen.
As of Monday, the government reported that they had reunited 879 parents with their children and that 538 more were approved for reunification. This basically adds up to half of the cases demanded by the judge.
On top of this, ACLU has reported that there are many instances in which parents signed their deportation order right after been separated from their children and with no access to legal counsel. They believe that finding the parents in their home countries and reuniting them with their children will be extremely difficult. We are very concerned about this. Our immigration attorneys and our specialized staff encourage everyone to contact your Senate and Congress representatives to push for a change and immigration reform.