Reuniting separated migrant families probably impossible: Trump admin

In a court filing on Friday Trump administration said reuniting thousands of separated families would require too much effort.

Deputy director of the department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement, Jallyn Sualog, added in the declaration since summer 2017 about 2,700 children were separated from their parents or guardians at the US-Mexico border and her office lacks optimum resources to track down all as no formal tracking system is in place.

The response in an ACLU lawsuit challenges government’s separation, the “zero-tolerance” policy, and came as shocking concession that thousands of children ripped from parents could not be tracked easily.

Lead lawyer said, “The administration also doesn’t dispute that separations are ongoing in significant numbers.”

Sualog said finding each of the children would require 100 ORR analysts working eight hours a day between seven and fifteen months to just start reconciling data.

Director of the Migrant Rights and Justice Program at the Women’s Refugee Commission, Michelle Brane, said it is shocking the government just don’t care the separated families and behaving this way.

Sualog said separating minors from new stateside guardians could leave damaging impacts on their psyches.

Meanwhile, the parents are to return to court on February 21.

Paul Linus