Only seven migrant children have been reunited with their families since Biden’s task force was launched in February, according to a U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) report released on Tuesday, June 8.
Over 2000 children are waiting to be reunited, the 22-page-report revealed.
A senior DHS officer blamed the Trump administration for the slow process due to “numerous errors and misinformation” in the former POTUS administration’s data, NBC News reported.
The Trump “zero-tolerance” policy was only in effect for a handful of months in 2018 before a federal court enjoined it. And by late 2018, according to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Inspector General, the Trump administration had reunited over 2,100 families.
The executive order to establish a task force to reunite separated migrant children was issued by President Joe Biden not long after he took office.
He called the “zero-tolerance” Trump policy a “human tragedy.”
Court filings show that a total of 5,000 families were separated. At the same time, Michelle Brane, Biden’s executive director of the reunification task force, said that the administration had determined 1,000 families remained separated, Fox News reported.
That implies the task force’s efforts have only made a minor dent in the total number of families still separated.
“No comprehensive interagency system was in place to separate parents and their migrant children,” the official stated during the call.
“We intentionally started slow so we could go fast later,” the official continued to explain.
29 more families are set to be reunited in the coming weeks and will be permitted to enter the United States under humanitarian parole, which is valid for 36 months and can be renewed.
“Would we have liked them to move quicker? Yes. Do they need to move at a much more rapid pace? Absolutely,” Lee Gelernt, director of the ACLU’s immigrant rights project
“Could it have been done with a snap of the fingers? No. It is complex.”
Whichever way you cut it only 7 children reunited with their parents since Biden took office is shameful. To blame former President Trump is also shameful. How many separated children have entered the United States since President Biden rescinded Trumps zero tolerance policy? Yet only 7 have found their families—shame.