U.S. Begins Migrant Family Reunifications

Program is known as “Humanitarian parole.”

The United States this week will reunite four migrant families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border in 2017, according to Michelle Barne, who heads a task force created to reunite separated families. 

“In the first cases that we’re talking about this week, the children are in the United States and the parents are coming to join them,” she said. The families will be allowed to enter the U.S. through an emergency process known as “humanitarian parole.” The Department of Homeland Security is considering whether they could be granted longer-term immigration status.

DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas declined to provide details about the families, citing privacy concerns, but noted that one is Honduran and another Mexican. Both have been separated since 2017, and the reunifications this week would be “the first of many,” Secretary Mayorkas said. He called the separations of families at the border a tragedy.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Secretary Mayorkas and others within the Department of Homeland Security as they deal with the various illegal immigration issues.
  • For U.S. and foreign officials handling the problems associated with unaccompanied minor children in the U.S. while their parents are in their home country.
  • For the children who have been living without family, in the care of interim guardians,  or in shelters.
  • For discernment for the president’s administration as they make immigration reforms.

Sources: Reuters,  CBS News


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