Immigration

Trump Regime Sat On Reunification Data For Years

SK Ashby
Written by SK Ashby

Just prior to the election, news reports told us that the Trump regime had permanently orphaned over 660 migrant children for whom they could not locate their parents or guardians after separating them at the border between 2017 and 2018. And a federal court had ordered the regime to work with independent legal advocates to reunite them, but that effort was unable to reconnect the children with their families.

It now looks like the failure to reunite the children with their families was either deliberate or the result of extreme incompetence. Or both.

The regime was evidently sitting on useful contact information for years and only turned it over to legal advocates last week.

"Among other things, the information includes phone numbers that had not previously been known," the lawyers said in a filing. [...]

"We have been repeatedly asking the Trump administration for any additional data they might have to help locate the families and are only finally getting these new phone numbers and addresses," said Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project. "Unfortunately, it took the issue reaching the level of a presidential debate to move them to give us this data."

"Everyone's been asking whether the Trump administration has been helping to find these families. Not only have they not been helping, but they have been withholding this data forever," Gelernt said.

I think we owe these children more than just reunification. We should also pay for the therapy many of them are going to need.

The Biden administration will have to finish this job.