US federal judge tentatively approves settlement prohibiting family separation for migrants at border

  • A federal judge has blocked family separations at the border for the next eight years.
  • The settlement would ban the “zero tolerance” policy that led to the separation of more than 5,000 children until December 2031.
  • Previously separated family members may be eligible for a variety of benefits, including legal status and reunification in the United States at government expense.

A federal judge on Friday is poised to ban family separations at the border aimed at deterring immigration for eight years, allowing a reinstatement of Trump-era lightning rod policies that the former president did not eliminate if voters bring him back. You will have to take the initiative and stop it. Next year it's the White House.

In October, U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw tentatively approved a court settlement between the Justice Department and the families represented by the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU says no one formally objected, paving the way for the case to end nearly seven years after it was filed.

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Saburo, who was appointed by President George W. Bush, ordered the separation in June 2018, six days after then-President Donald Trump halted it on his own amid intense international backlash. . The judge also ordered the government to reunite the children with their parents within 30 days, causing chaos because government databases were not linked. The children were dispersed to evacuation centers across the country, but no one knew who their parents were or how to find them.

A migrant family navigates shallow waters toward Rome, Texas, on March 24, 2021. On December 8, 2023, a federal judge was poised to ban family separations at the border to deter immigration for eight years. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills, File)

The settlement would ban the Trump administration's “zero tolerance” policy, in which more than 5,000 children arrested for illegal immigration were separated from their parents until December 2031.

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Children can still be separated under limited circumstances, as has been the case for years. This includes if you believe a child is being abused, if a parent has been convicted of a serious crime, or if you suspect an adult is the parent.

Separated families may be eligible for other benefits, including up to three years of legal status on humanitarian parole. United States unification at government expense. Housing for 1 year. 3 years of counseling. Legal assistance in immigration court. However, the settlement does not provide any money to the family. The Biden administration has considered compensating parents and children in the hundreds of thousands of dollars each in 2021, but negotiations have stalled.

President Trump is aiming to return to the White House in next year's election, but has not said whether he will resume family separation. He defended the results in an interview with Univision last month, claiming without evidence that “hundreds of thousands of people were prevented from visiting” as a result.

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President Trump said, “They don't come when they hear they're going to be separated from their families. They come when they think they're going to enter the United States with their families.''



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