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(Reuters) – The U.S. government has largely reached an agreement with immigrant rights advocates on a revised plan for reuniting hundreds more families separated by border officials after they crossed into the United States from Mexico.
In a Thursday court filing, U.S. Department of Justice lawyers said the changes would ensure an “efficient process” for reunifications, without requiring that parents removed from the United States be returned for that purpose.
The article goes on to state the following:
But lawyers from the American Civil Liberties Union said in a separate filing that some families could be “made whole” only if parents were returned to the country, and the failure to address their rights was a “significant” area of dispute.
The article further reports:
The reunification plan outlines means to locate removed parents, determine their intentions for their children, and address concerns about children’s safety and parentage.
Thursday’s revised plan contains dozens of changes. One new provision would require the government to arrange travel for children being reunited with their parents in their countries of origin. Another would ensure that such reunifications would not impair those children’s future ability to seek asylum if they returned to the United States.
BREAKING: ACLU asks federal judge in San Diego to allow some parents deported without their children to be reunited in US rather than country of origin. So far, reunifications have been occurring with children flown to Central America @KPBSnews pic.twitter.com/yDBQ6FPFje
— Jean Guerrero (@jeanguerre) August 16, 2018
Today the government submitted a new plan to locate the hundreds of parents whom it deported without their kids. We’ve negotiated with them on several fronts, but a huge issue remains 👇
— ACLU (@ACLU) August 16, 2018
U.S., ACLU agree on plan to reunite separated immigrant families https://t.co/FKOVEWNmAs
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) August 16, 2018
— Yahoo News (@YahooNews) August 16, 2018
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