A top White House official said the Biden administration is working to reunite entire families with children separated from them on the US-Mexico border under the Trump administration, a top White House official said on Thursday.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas Told NBC News Referring to a mother who recently rejoined her son that “we are again very much focused on providing stability to joint families, and not only to her but to an entity As for the family. “
Michelle Brune, who is leading the Biden administration’s task force to reorganize families, confirmed the plan, saying they hope to ensure that “immediate family members can also apply . If you are in the picture then siblings, others, you know the partner or spouse, other parents. So we made arrangements for that. Once those applicants are approved, we will make travel arrangements. Will facilitate it. “
Mayorkas said that unless he could guarantee that large family units would achieve permanent legal status, “we are going to do everything we can to do it.”
Four different families were reunited this week, with parents receiving human parole, entering the US and seeing their children.
Republicans have accused the Biden administration of encouraging a number of illegal immigrants to flood the southern border, overwhelming enforcement officers and services.
At least one House Democrat has accused the administration of dishonesty regarding the scale of the problem. On Wednesday, Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) stated that photos released by DHS depict almost empty processing facilities that were misleading.
“All they’re doing is moving the kids from tent to tent and saying, ‘Oh, they’re not in the border petrol [custody], ‘But they are right next door.’ Told the border report website. “They are just next door at HHS [custody]”
DHS announced earlier this week that there were just 677 children in CBP custody as of May 1, an 88% drop from March 28 when more than 5,700 children were in custody.