ACLU, Administration to Agree on Reunification Plan
Reuters is reporting that the administration and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) have virtually come to an agreement on a family reunification plan.
While there are still certain details that need ironing out, both organizations have agreed to the second stage plans for reuniting immigrant families separated at the border by the Trump administration.
At this time, more than 500 children remain separated from their parents despite the court-ordered deadline that demanded total reunification by July 26 — nearly a month ago.
An additional 24 children under the age of five are also still awaiting reunification; the deadline to reunite “tender-age children” with their parents was on July 10.
The key points of contention between the ACLU and the administration involve bringing parents back to the U.S. to reunite with their children and not denying future claims to asylum to the children who have been detained.
The administration feels that it is unnecessary to bring the parents back to the country, while the ACLU asserts that complete reunification, in many cases, hinges on the ability of the parent to return.
In turn, the administration argues that such a requirement would severely impede the process.
On the other hand, the ACLU feels that the children involved in this undertaking should not be punished by being blacklisted for any future applications for immigration or asylum.
The administration, however, believes that these children do not have the right to return independently to resume their asylum or immigration cases.
Judge Dana Sabraw, who imposed the original deadlines, must approve any plan the two organizations agree on.
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