When Donald Trump came to Washington DC, he arrived on a cloud of enthusiasm from the right wing of the Republican Party. His promises to protect the Second Amendment, make “America First” a priority, and reform our immigration system were the keys to his success, with the issue of the southern US border with Mexico taking center stage during the latter parts of the 2016 campaign.
And when Trump did tackle the border issue as President, a number of controversial storylines were soon playing out in Texas and other states sharing sand with Mexico.
Now, Joe Biden is looking to undo at least a portion of that controversy, but in what some are characterizing as a major acquiescence on border security.
The Biden administration’s task force for reuniting migrant families separated by the Trump administration will allow separated families “the option of being reunified either in the United States or their county of origin,” Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said on Monday.
Mayorkas called the separation of thousands of migrant families under the Trump administration “the most powerful and heartbreaking example of the cruelty that proceeded this administration,” in a White House briefing.
Lawyers representing the families in a federal lawsuit had called on the Biden administration to make such a move to allow parents who were separated from their children and then deported without them to come back to the United States to reunify.
The task force will also be providing special care to those affected, at no cost.
Other benefits and protections the task force will give the separated families include transportation, healthcare and mental health services as well as legal, career and educational services, with no costs being passed down to families.
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