Washington.- The government of the United States, headed by Joe Biden, strengthened efforts to reunify separated families because of the immigration policies implemented during the administration of former President Donald Trump.
To this end, the International Organization for Migration joined forces with the National Family Reunification Commission to launch a announcement to help parents of separated families return to the American Union. In addition, parents may request three years of legal residence, according to information published by AP.
Parents, guardians and minors who were separated on the border of Mexico and the United States between January 20, 2017 and January 2021 are candidates for this initiative.
Those who qualify will have a permit to return to the United States to be reunited with their families, they will have the possibility of applying for a work visa and will also be able to count on advice and services.
People who wish to register can do so on the together.gov page or on the Spanish portal called Together.gov. In case the applicant is a candidate, an official will contact him or her.
“President Biden created the Family Reunification Task Force to identify and reunite families who were separated by the United States government between January 20, 2017 and January 20, 2021.” said the site.
During the term of Donald Trump, thousands of migrant families were separated in 2017 and 2018, as part of an attempt to proceed criminally against people who enter the country illegally.
The minors, who by law can be detained with their parents, were placed in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services.
Most of the children taken into custody were taken to live with a guardian, who was usually a relative or person close to the family.
It is worth mentioning that the government assured that the data entered in the aforementioned web pages will not be shared with the immigration authorities.
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We know that we cannot fully heal the wounds of these families, but we want to do everything possible to at least give them a better life, ”said Michelle Brané, executive director of the National Commission for Family Reunification.