FAQs about Immigrant Families Separated and U.S. Immigration Law
What has happened to immigrant families separated by the Trump Administration? The Trump Administration separated at least 2,500 children from their parents after implementing its May 2018 “zero tolerance” immigration policy for migrant families who unlawfully cross the U.S. border. However, on June 27, 2018, a federal judge ordered the administration to reunite all children under the age of five with their parents by July 12 and reunite all children with their families by July 26.
Here’s what you need to know about the immigrant families separated by the Trump administration’s policy.
Are migrant families still being separated at the border?
No. On June 15, President Trump signed an executive order halting further separations. Some families crossing the border unlawfully are still being arrested, however, but the government is detaining them together.
How are immigrant families separated being reunited?
The LA Timesreports that the government will transfer parents who claim that they’ve been separated from their children to one of eight detention facilities. There, they will undergo DNA testing, a criminal background check, and an interview to ensure that they are the child’s parents.
How many families have the administration reunited?
According to USAToday.com, as of July 12, 57 of the 103 of the children under age five have been reunited with their families. The administration says that 46 of the children are not eligible for reunification due to safety concerns, including parents with serious criminal histories. These children will remain under the care of the Department of Health and Human Services until the department places them with a sponsor.
Are sponsors required to pay for transportation costs?
The policy manual of the Office of Refugee Resettlement states that sponsors are responsible for transportation costs of any child, as well as airline fees for transport of unaccompanied minors, according to theNew York Times. This policy was in effect during the Obama era, but the administration waived it in 2016. The Trump administration appears to be enforcing this policy on a case-by-case basis.
Are immigrant families separated by the government required to pay for DNA testing?
No. The Trump administration says the government provides DNA testing to migrant families at no extra cost. HHS reports that the government performs DNA testing “only when there is a specific purported parent-child relationship that needs to be validated.”
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