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DHS issues a four-step process for family reunification to comply with court order

  1. Original Date Announced

    July 10, 2018

    DHS publicizes its four-step process for reunification of families in compliance with the court order in Ms. L. (S.D. Cal.). The four steps include 1) verifying the parent / undergoing a background check, 2) transportation of parents to ICE custody, 3) preparations to reunify, 4) transferring children to ICE custody. [ID #345]

    DHS Press Release: The Administration is Following the Court Order to Reunify Families in a Responsible Manner
  2. Effective Date

    July 10, 2018

Current Status

Fully in Effect

Original Trump Policy Status

Status: Final/Actual
Trump Administration Action: Agency Directive
Agencies Affected: AG ICE ORR

Pre Trump-Era Policies

  • January 1, 2010 The Bush administration introduced a program in 2005, Operation Streamline, which, like the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy, referred for prosecution immigrants illegally crossing the border. Unlike the Trump administration, the Bush administration made an exception for parents with children. The Obama administration in 2014 did expand the detention of immigrant families but did not separate parents and children as a matter of policy or practice. Assembly-Line Justice: A Review of Operation Streamline


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