The Biden administration announced today it would reunite four families that U.S. officials separated at the U.S.-Mexican border during President Trump’s time in office.
More than 5,500 children were taken from their parents to deter illegal immigration. Those separations started in July 2017, nearly a year before the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance immigration policy became official. The policy was eventually ended. The Biden administration says 1,000 families still remain separated.
The secretary of homeland security, Alejandro Mayorkas, called today’s announcement just the beginning of an ongoing effort to reverse those separations. And he joins me now.
Welcome, Mr. Secretary. We appreciate your joining us.
Four families out of about 1,000. Every family matters, of course, but tell us how you decided on those four, how were they chosen, and what was the process like getting it done?