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U.S. Allows Four Refugee Families Separated Under Trump to Reunite

HeadlineMay 04, 2021

In more immigration news, four parents — from Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico — will be reunited with their children in the U.S. after being separated under former President Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy. They are the first families to be reunited on U.S. soil since the Biden administration began its reunification process. At least two of the mothers have been separated from their children since 2017. The Biden administration has initially agreed to reunite 35 parents with their children, out of more than 1,000 youths who remain separated.

The immigrant justice group Al Otro Lado, “The Other Side,” said the Homeland Security Department had done nothing to facilitate the return of the four parents. It was Al Otro Lado which negotiated their travel visas, paid for their airline tickets and arranged the reunification. In a statement, the group said, “These mothers have been waiting, in danger in Mexico, for over three years. … We represent over 30 other parents who, like these mothers, were ready for return on day 1 of the Biden presidency. … There is no reason, other than lack of political will, for DHS to make these families undergo even one more day of separation and torture.”

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