Trump Officials Struggle To Meet Deadlines Even As More Migrant Families Reunited

Trump Officials Struggle To Meet Deadlines Even As More Migrant Families Reunited
July 13, 2018 Elijah James Logan

On Thursday morning, two days after a court-imposed deadline, the Trump administration announced it had completed the first phase of reuniting immigrant families separated by its zero tolerance policy at the U.S.-Mexico border. In a joint statement by the departments of Justice, Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services, government officials said they worked tirelessly to reunite 57 children under age five with their families. This represents more than half of 100 or so children included in a lawsuit brought against the administration by the American Civil Liberties Union. Another 46 cases, including kids whose parents were already deported, have yet to be resolved. Ruben Garcia is the director of the Annunciation House, a migrant shelter in El Paso. It is one among many community organizations nationwide assisting with reunification efforts. Garcia witnessed the government’s last-minute hustle up close. Hours before the deadline expired on Tuesday, he got a call from

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