The agreement undoes a Trump administration policy, offers assistance to affected families, and establishes new guidelines to prevent further separations.
Families of migrants who are divide at the US-Mexico border when Donald Trump was president. Reach a deal with the administration of President Joe Biden on Monday, October 16. Attorney General Merrick Garland issued a statement in which he call. The practice of dividing families at the southwest border “shameful.”
According to the Justice Department. The settlement will offer support services for split-up families but still needs the judge’s permission in the US District Court. The help includes housing support, certain medical care, and legal assistance with immigration requests. It excludes any financial losses. According to the Justice Department the proposed settlement also establishes new guidelines. Aim at reducing the family that parents and children will be split up. In the future and forbids the government from severing migrant families for the following eight years.
In February 2021, not long after assuming office. Biden sign an executive order promising to “protect family unity and ensure that children entering the United States are not separate from their families.” Under the so-called “zero-tolerance policy”. The Trump administration, an estimated 4,000 families were split up at the southern border in 2017 and 2018.
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The settlement, according to Anthony Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, “closes the darkest chapter of the Trump administration.” The ACLU represented the families in their class-action complaint. “To America’s enduring shame, we tore children from the arms of their families to enact a xenophobic agenda,” Romero stated.
The settlement, according to US-Mexico border Lee Gelernt, an attorney for the ACLU, “provides significant benefits to thousands of families, and an indispensable component bars the government from reenacting the zero-tolerance policy in the future.”
When Border Patrol reported over 220,000 apprehensions in December 2022, the number of migrant encounters had reached a peak.[The Trump administration used to deport immigrants from the country during the Covid-19 outbreak with the stated intention of lowering public health concerns. A sizable migrant camp had grown on the Mexican side of the border by the end of 2022 as they awaited the repeal . They called the circumstances they were in “dire.” As of September 2023, there are about 9000 migrants arrive every day, returning the number of interactions with migrants to a level close to the peak.