Let Someone Else Reunite the Families We Split Up, White House Says in Court

Does anyone want to fix the family separation the Trump administration created? No, that’s not a rhetorical question – given its own disinterest in dealing with the problem, the White House has said it would gladly hand over the responsibility to any organization that wants to take on the task.

It almost sounds like a joke, but in fact lawyers for the Department of Justice argued in court that it should be up to the ACLU to finish reuniting the hundreds of detained kids with their deported parents. After the ACLU filed suit against the administration to reunite these wrongfully separated families, the administration took the deplorable approach of trying to turn the problem back around on them.

According to the federal government, the ACLU has “considerable resources” to locate the parents and handle this task on its own. Oh, please. No one has more resources than the government itself – not to mention the actual records necessary to reconnect these families.

Don’t get it twisted – it’s not that the ACLU isn’t willing to help; the organization released a statement that it is “eager to help locate the parents,” while also clarifying that it “won’t allow the president to pass the blame for the crisis he created.”

For real, the government needs to take actual accountability for this nightmare. If the administration lacks the proper information to easily reunite families, that’s a clear sign that it did so irresponsibly in the first place with no actual plan of reunification. The White House hasn’t demonstrated an ounce of empathy or remorse for the emotional trauma it’s inflicted.

Recently, the White House declared a dishonest “mission accomplished” when it argued all “eligible” families had been reunited. Over 400 kids were deemed “ineligible” because the government had deported their parents rather than simply detaining them separately. At this point, there’s no way of tracking the whereabouts of these parents who only known to be somewhere outside of the United States.

Effectively, the government has kidnapped these kids and does not seem particularly pressed for having done so. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen insists that all parents who were deported without their kids had signed off on leaving their kids in government custody, but the documentation on most of these cases makes no such indication.

While the government has shared its databases with the ACLU to help the organization try to locate the parents, according to the ACLU, the information is woefully incomplete. Moreover, the ACLU formally asked that when it does take the steps to reunite families, that the government pick up the tab for all airfare necessary.

64 comments

Karen H
Karen H2 months ago

Instead of going back and forth about who's to blame about separating children from their families, why aren't we doing something to HELP these children? Blaming this side or that side accomplishes NOTHING, and in the meantime, children are still being kept in cages. Have you no humanity?????

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Lesa D
Lesa D2 months ago

shameful...

thank you Kevin...

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Paul B
Paul B2 months ago

As an example of media lies about detention of juveniles, check out this article. The left continues to lie about care for these kids simply to bash Trump with no truth to back them up.
https://www.westernjournal.com/media-reports-detention-center-abused-latino-kids-investigation-report-says-no-way/?ff_source=Email&ff_medium=newsletter-WJ&ff_campaign=dailyam&ff_content=western-journal

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Paul B
Paul B2 months ago

Joan E. Yes, there ARE a number of reason why we should do this, mainly because coyotes and criminals are using children as cover so they can enter the country and claim asylum. Several kids have claimed to have been raped and a part of human trafficking once separated from their captors. Don't you care about the kids and other vicitms?

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Crystal G
Crystal G2 months ago

The internet didn't care this much when Clinton and Obama did this.

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Brian F
Brian F2 months ago

Trump has no choice, but to enforce immigration laws. The USA's population will increase to 2 billion people and this will destroy the country, if the Democrats refuse to enforce badly needed tough immigration laws.

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Joan E
Joan E2 months ago

I will exchange my earlier word choice "mental illness" for "personality disorder." He is a malignant narcissist. I hear often on the political shows I watch that "Everyone who knows him says he is in a severe mental decline." You can see it in his lies, his compulsive tweets, his need for approval and military parades even though his loyalty is to Putin and Russia rather that the United States. He knows Mueller is circling.

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Joan E
Joan E2 months ago

Trump is now turning against legal immigrants, too. There is no reason for any of it, only Trump's lack of a soul.

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Brian F
Brian F2 months ago

john c When you say look at what the white Caucasians did to the first Americans, remember that these Indian tribes conquered Indian tribes who were there before them, so white Europeans did the same thing these Indian tribes did to previous Indian tribes. The Spanish, also stole the land from the Indians, and intermarried with them to produce the Mexican people, so Mexico also is created by theft and destroying the indigenous culture. I'm not defending what white Europeans did to the Indians, which is horrible, but just putting it in historical context. We cannot solve our problems by letting more immigrants into the country. I realize these people are escaping horrible poverty, gang violence, and a lack of jobs, but the USA is severely over populated has a 20 trillion dollar debt, a massive homeless problem, and a crumbling infrastructure, so we cannot continue to allow a massive amount of illegal immigrants to flood into the country. So we can't change the past, and I wish you would stop bringing that up. Yes, the Europeans did horrible things to the Indians as the Indians did to previous tribes who occupied their land. But that doesn't change the fact that we are severely overpopulated with 325 million people, and cannot take in more people. We can't even afford to house the massive amount of homeless that we have, and we can't afford to make the problem worse by letting in more immigrants.

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Winn A
Winn A2 months ago

What America did to these parents and children will go down in history is one of the worst days in our country. Shame on tRUMP and his administration. This never and didn't have to happen.

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