The Biden administration’s task force for reuniting migrant families will allow families separated under the Trump administration to reunite in the US.
“We are hoping to reunite the families, either here or in their country of origin. We hope to be in a position to give them the election. And if, in fact they seek to reunite here in the United States, we will explore lawful pathways for them to remain in the United States, and to address the family needs,” Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said on Monday.
Nearly 3,000 families were separated under the Trump administration’s zero tolerance policy. Majority of them were reunited, but the previous administration was unable to locate the families of 550 children.
So far, the task force established under the Biden administration was able to reunite 150 of them.
Mayorkas also announced Michelle Brané as executive director of the task force.
Other benefits and protections the task force will give the separated families include transportation, healthcare and mental health services as well as legal, career and educational services, with no costs being passed down to families, NBC News reports.