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Biden Admin Finally Begins Family Reunifications—Slowly but Hopefully

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Nearly three years to the day after the Trump administration first forcibly separated thousands of undocumented parents from their children in order to discourage others from seeking asylum, the Department of Homeland Security has begun reunifying families torn apart by the policy.

Four families, to be exact, with a few dozen more expected in the coming weeks.

The slow pace of undoing the damage caused by the Trump administration to an estimated 5,500 families has frustrated those who have been working to reunify families since “zero tolerance” first began. Advocates warn that it may take years to reunite parents and children separated by the policy—and could add to the rising crush of undocumented people seeking to enter the United States via other means.

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