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

  1. 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]

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  2. Effective Date of Change

    July 10, 2018
  3. Subsequent Action

    March 9, 2019

    Nearly nine months after the Trump administration officially rescinded its policy of separating migrant families who have illegally crossed the border, more than 200 migrant children have been taken from parents and other relatives and placed in institutional care, with some spending months in shelters and foster homes thousands of miles away from their parents.

    New York Times: Despite rollback, migrant families continuing to be separated at border
Status: Final/Actual
Type of Action: Agency Directive
Agencies Affected: AG ICE ORR

Prior Policies

  • 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

Subsequent Action

Commentary

Politico: Judge orders family reunification after family separation

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