Admin Ordered to Reunite Separated Migrant Children and Parents
A federal judge late Tuesday ordered the Trump administration to reunite migrant parents with children separated from them under the admin’s family separation policy. San Diego-based U.S. District Court Judge Dana Sabraw issued a preliminary injunction in the lawsuit -- brought forth by the ACLU on behalf of separated parents -- which requires that children younger than five be returned to their parents within 14 days and that older children be returned within 30 days. The order also halts most family separations at the U.S. border and mandates that officials provide parents contact with their children by phone within 10 days, if the parent is not already in contact with his or her child. "The unfortunate reality is that under the present system migrant children are not accounted for with the same efficiency and accuracy as property. Certainly, that cannot satisfy the requirements of due process," Sabraw wrote. “The unfolding events—the zero tolerance policy, EO and DHS Fact Sheet—serve to corroborate Plaintiffs’ allegations. ... They belie measured and ordered governance, which is central to the concept of due process enshrined in our Constitution. This is particularly so in the treatment of migrants, many of whom are asylum seekers and small children.” The judge has set a status hearing for July 6th. More here.