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New York Daily News
June 20, 2020

Refugees’ lives matter, too
By Camille Mackler

The child separation policy — which sent parents to be prosecuted and held in federal jails and transferred children to the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services — lacked any process to reunite families. Though a U.S. district judge issued a preliminary injunction aimed at ending the practice, advocates have warned that it remains ongoing. And despite a flood of lawsuits and a federal judge in June 2018 ordering that separated children be reunited with their parents within 30 days, many families from Latin America have yet to be unified. In addition to these oppressive policies, the Trump administration has reduced access to asylum by muddying the bureaucratic processes. In April, the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse issued a rare statement noting that information supplied to them by the Executive Office of Immigration Review — a sub-agency of the Department of Justice — was so deficient they could not reliably update their tracking tool, and added that tens of thousands of asylum claim documents appeared to have been destroyed.

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