President of the United States of America, Joe Biden on Monday said that four families that were separated at the Mexico border during former president Donald Trump’s administration will be reunited this week.
An executive order signed by Biden on his first day in office pledged to reunite families that were still separated “to the greatest extent possible”.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas calls the announcement “just the beginning” of a broader effort.
Mayorkas described the families, however, declined to detail their identities.
“Of the four families, two include mothers who were separated from their children in late 2017, one Honduran and another Mexican. He described them as children who were three years old at the time and “teenagers who have had to live without their parent during their most formative years”.
“The parents on humanitarian parole will return to their children already in the US while authorities consider other longer-term forms of legal status,” said Michelle Brane, Executive Director of the Family Reunification Task Force.
During the Trump administration in July 1, 2017, more than 5,500 children were separated from their parents majorly under a “zero tolerance policy” to criminally prosecute any adult who entered the country illegally, according to court filings.