Washington, United States:
U.S. first lady Jill Biden will join her husband’s administration efforts to reunite families separated by former President Donald Trump’s tough immigration policies, the White House said Friday.
In line with his election promises, President Joe Biden plans to announce Tuesday that “he has established a task force to reunite families and children. His wife, Dr. Biden, is personally committed and invested in them,” he said of the White House Jen Psaki.
The task force will be under the command of Alejandro Mayorkas, who is due to be confirmed by the Senate on Monday as head of the Department of Homeland Security, she added.
Jill Biden, 69, has a PhD in education and plans to continue teaching at a university near Washington while her husband serves as president.
In December she visited a migrant camp in Mexico near the Texas border. “We are a welcoming nation, but that is not the message we send on the border,” she said at the time.
Her tone of voice was in stark contrast to her predecessor Melania Trump, who visited children in 2018 who were locked up at the border by her husband’s “zero tolerance” policy and who wore a jacket with the “I really don’t care” logo, you do ? “
Trump’s government separated hundreds of migrant families, with very young children being taken from their parents, some of whom were then deported.
The plight of children who had been taken from their parents and incarcerated in detention caused such an outcry among even some in the ranks of Trump’s own Republican party that he was forced to resign. A judge later ordered the families to be reunited.
Authorities identified more than 2,700 children who needed to be reunited with their parents.
According to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the parents of 611 children have yet to be found.
Most of the deported parents remain in their country of origin, the ACLU said, calling on the US government to allow them to return to the US legally.
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