San Diego judge says the Trump Administration has 6 month deadline to reunite immigrant families
Between 2017 and 2018, over 47,000 children were taken into government custody following the government's zero tolerance policy regarding illegal border crossing. Now, a San Diego federal judge has implemented a six-month deadline for the Trump administration to identify and reunite the large number of families separated.
U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw mentioned he was confident the ID and reunification process could be performed within the six-month timeline, although other previous government personnel have stated the process could take well up to two years. Judge Sabraw said he would only consider extending the deadline if it was "subject to good cause." Whatever that means.
As part of the reunification process, the government will be required to report on the progress of the identifications and collaborate with the American Civil Liberties Union on all information regarding the ID'd children.
The call for an intensified government plan to reunite separated families arose from a class-action lawsuit brought on by the ACLU, who sued the government in 2018 over the numerous reported cases of family separation at the US-Mexico border.
While the ACLU has stated the the deadline should've been much shorter than half a year, the organization felt it was a positive step forward to avoid the rampant problem from continuing under "bureaucratic slippage."