In what is obviously a huge blow to the Trump administration's family separation policy, US District Court Judge, Dana Sabraw, has issued a preliminary injunction which requires children to be reunited with their parents as soon as possible. As per the injunction in question, children who are younger than 5 must be reunited with their parents within 14 days, whereas older ones need to be returned to their families within 30 days.
The gravity of this entire situation has been gaining some serious mileage, even as the administration's family detention center threatens to completely overflow with obviously distraught detainees. The Politico has now reported that over 75% of the 3,326 beds within the detention center were already full as of June 20th last year. And in the many, many weeks since you can only imagine how many more have been housed within its harrowing walls.
The San Diego- based federal judge did not hold back at all while criticizing the Trump administration for embarking on a mission which involved such a severe degree of human consequence without proper and requisite planning at all
Their lack of foresight has resulted in over 2,300 children being recklessly torn away from their parents or guardians. The judge also penned a 24-page order that addressed the flaws in the administrations approach, among other things.
In this report, Sabraw wrote;
Last week, President Trump hastily issued an executive order which called for the family separation policy to be rescinded. Of course, Trump's administration did raise objections hoping to prevent Sabraw from issuing the injunction while they attempted to carry out the terms of Trump's executive order... however they failed miserably in their quest to deter the judge from going forward with the preliminary injunction.
Sabraw, who was actually appointed by President George W. Bush also agreed to treat the case that was argued by Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, as a class action case, following a request to do so from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
In February, the civil liberties group had filed a lawsuit over the alleged separation of a mother, who was an asylum-seeker, from her 7-year-old son. The ACLU later added another plaintiff who had also been separated from her son after illegally crossing the border from Mexico. Sabraw is believed to have acted in response to this.
This glorious judge also insisted that it was infact the government's duty to ensure that parents are truly reunited with their children and that the matter should definitely not be so easily dismissed by simply asking immigrants to call toll-free numbers in order to be able to locate their kids (Can you IMAGINE!?), most of whom are usually held in the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement, or ORR.
The Justice Department has now requested a modification to the agreement that would then permit the detention of poor, innocent children along with their parents. Despite this, it isn't likely that the Obama-appointed judge who is overseeing the case will actually agree to do so.
It seems to me like a good first step in the right direction, however, who knows how far will still have to go with this mess? One thing's for sure, I know I'll sleep better knowing that the families are another day closer to being reunited with each other.