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Trump administration will not locate deported parents to reunite with children

The Trump administration has stated that it will not be responsible for locating parents who were deported after being separated from their children on the…

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May 26th, 2022

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Donald Trump’s government is trying to wash its hands from a fundamental part in the process of reunification of families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border.

According to Politico, the current administration informed a federal judge that "it’s not responsible for locating the deported parents" after having them "forcibly" separated from their children.

The statement was issued by the Department of Justice and indicated that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which represents the plaintiffs in a collective legal proceeding for family separations resulting from the government's "zero tolerance" policy, "should take the initiative in the reunification of deported parents.”

"Plaintiffs’ counsel should use their considerable resources and their network of law firms, NGOs, volunteers and others - together with the information the defendants have provided (or will soon provide) - to establish contact with possible class members in foreign countries," the Department added.

Although the secretary of the Department of National Security, Kristjen Nielsen, has repeatedly assured that "no parents were deported without first being given the option to take their children with them," an official of the administration told Politico that "on July 25, an estimated three-quarters of the parents who left the country alone left no record behind that they ever consented to leave their children in the U.S."

In the face of the bureaucratic and administrative disaster that the Trump government has caused, representatives like Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) have requested that Nielsen resign from office and assume responsibility for a policy that has not only caused a humanitarian crisis but has also violated the principles on which the foundations of the country are based.

On Tuesday in Congress, Durbin called "the architect of this humanitarian disaster, the Secretary of the Department of National Security, Kirstjen Nielsen, to step down." The senator argued that "the policy of family separation is more than a bureaucratic lapse in judgment, it is and it was a cruel policy inconsistent with the bedrock values of this nation."

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