The task force has been engaging with groups that are in touch with families and carefully planning their return, taking into account past trauma, Ann Garcia, an attorney who’s been working on assisting separated families with legal and social needs, previously told CNN, noting that some parents are nervous about encountering US Customs and Border Protection again since their last encounters with agents resulted in their children being taken from them.
As part of the effort, the Department of Homeland Security is establishing a process for accepting parole requests, the Department of Health and Human Services is working on facilitating services to support families and the State Department is developing a streamlined system for processing in-country travel document requests. The Justice Department is involved in related settlement negotiation efforts.
Immigrant advocacy groups have urged the administration to move faster to reunite families, some of whom have been separated for more than three years.
But a senior DHS official told CNN earlier this month, “We chose intentionally to start slow, so we can go fast later.”
“We need to make sure that families have a place to go when they get here,” het die amptenaar gesê. “There’s a review of the cases and preparation for travel.”