In the past week, these groups met with president-elect Joe Biden’s transition team. The reason for the meeting was to talk about family separations and the next steps to bring these families back together. Biden’s pick to head the Department of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, has also met with immigration leaders.
The immigrant advocacy groups also hope that Biden’s administration can work toward restoring trust with families who have lost trust in the US. The government took many of these families’ children from them on charges of illegal settlement in the US.
‘’It’s going to take a long time for families to trust the government. Especially if they’re not seeing action.’’ Cathleen Caron, the executive director at Justice in Motion said.
A list of recommendations was put together by the advocates on how the government can work to rectify the consequences of family separations. They will also help address the situation in a thoughtful and holistic manner, according to Conchita Cruz.
One of the first expectations of the new administration is using the available information to locate families. The groups, however, stressed that on top of finding families, the new administration should focus more on making amends and rectifying the damage done.
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