Children remain separated from their parents as deadline for reunification passes

Written by: Sarah Barnes
Date Posted: July 13, 2018

The Trump administration has yet to reunite all of the children and parents who were separated at the border under the administration’s policy and are being held in detention centers. A federal judge ruled that the administration had until July 10 to reunite children under the age of 5 with their parents, and until July 26 to reunite the rest of separated children with their parents.

The administration is struggling to reunite children with their parents, including those whose parents were recently released, are still detained, or have been deported. As of earlier this week, the administration was still holding 102 children under the age of 5 in detention separated from their parents. It requested an extension of the July 10 deadline, but this week a federal judge demanded that the administration adhere to the deadlines.

Last week, Gov. John Hickenlooper and child advocacy organizations, including the Children’s Campaign, sent a letter to leadership of the U.S. House and Senate Judiciary Committees, as well as the Colorado Congressional delegation, calling on them to: investigate the administration’s family separation and co-incarceration policies, reunite separated families and provide them with needed supports, and support S.3036 – Keep Families Together Act, as a permanent solution to ensure that children and their parents are not separated at the border.

On June 20, President Trump signed an Executive Order to keep families who cross U.S. borders without documentation detained together. However, this Executive Order is only temporary and does not fix what his administration started. Holding children in detention, even with their parents, has significant and long-lasting consequences for the safety, health, development and well-being of children.

Sarah Barnes

About Sarah Barnes

Sarah serves as the Policy Analyst for the Colorado Children’s Campaign. Prior to joining the Children’s Campaign in September 2014, Sarah taught middle school English and worked as an Interventionist at Pioneer Charter School in Denver. She was a 2011 Teach For America corps member. Prior to teaching, Sarah worked as an attorney in Denver in the areas of venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, general corporate and business law, and commercial transactions. Sarah earned a BA in English from Midland University and a J.D. from the University of Michigan.