Biden: I Will Create Task Force To Reunite Children With Their Families On Day One
Under his "zero tolerance" policy, the Trump administration separated over 4,000 children from their families.
Of those, there are still 666 children whose parents can't be found.
President-elect Joe Biden has pledged to create a task force to reunite families separated at the border, focusing on the 545 children whose parents still cannot be found.
"On his first day as president, Joe Biden will issue an executive order creating a federal task force to reunite these children with their parents," says a video put out by the Biden campaign.
Under the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy, thousands of children were separated from their parents.
The accounts of sobbing children being wrenched from their parents' arms are heart-breaking. Perhaps even more so are the videos of children finally being reunited with their parents. In one particular video, a toddler refuses to be held by his mother, pushing her away and she cries in Spanish, "I'm your mother." The psychological trauma inflicted on immigrant children separated from their parents is devastating.
“Unwanted and unexpected separation from parents may have severe consequences in a child’s developmental processes and psychosocial functioning,” Cristina Muñiz, PhD told the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce subcommittee on oversight and investigations.
“The intense fear, sense of helplessness and vulnerability for the child associated with forced separation from their parent can lead to a state of hyperarousal, attention deficits, depressive symptoms and interference in their ability to communicate and relate to others.”
Although many families have been reunited thanks to the work of the ACLU and other social justice organizations, a report released by the Office of the Inspector General, there are many children and families for whom there are no records, or incomplete records.
According to federal court filings by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Justice Department, lawyers have not been able to find the parents of 666 children who were separated from their families by US border officials between 2017 and 2018.
"Their kids were ripped from their arms and separated, and now they cannot find over 500 of the sets of those parents, and those kids are alone. Nowhere to go. Nowhere to go. It's criminal. It's criminal," Biden exhorted, slamming Trump during the second presidential debate.
Biden has also pledged freeze deportations and to protect DACA and reintroduce DAPA, Deferred Action for Parents of Undocumented Children.