Bloomberg News went on to report that Biden said his Justice Department would investigate the Trump administration’s family segregation policies, resulting in the state-sanctioned kidnapping of thousands of children at the border.
“There will be a thorough investigation into who is responsible and whether the responsibility is punishable or not,” said Biden, according to the report. “That decision will be made by his Attorney General-designate, Merrick Garland, he added. “
The Trump administration had additional information that could help reunite families who have separated since 2017. However, this data has only been released to lawyers hired by a court to find deported parents in the past few weeks, NBC News reported in the last month.
Annoyed by the delay, the judge later asked to learn why the officers delayed disclosure of the data. “This is worrying in that the information appears to be readily available and the issue was to use it, ”said Judge Dana Sabraw said according to the Courthouse News Service (CNS).
The recent victories in Georgia, which turned the U.S. Senate upside down on the Democrats, open up the opportunity to pass humane laws that put undocumented immigrants on the path to citizenship, and oversight and accountability of federal immigration authorities that deal with the abuses such as family separation and the preventable spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic in immigration and customs control facilities.
Proponents have also urged Biden to use his executive powers to protect undocumented families as we fight for legislation:
“At a time when people are dying on the border of # COVID19 in detention centers and millions continue to live in the shadows, we have no time to waste. It is imperative that @JoeBiden IMMEDIATELY take bold executive action against immigration and w / o Delay. “- @ErikaAndiola
– RAICES (@RAICESTEXAS) January 6, 2021
“We believe that Congress will not waste time trying to find permanent residence for the 11 million undocumented people living in this country,” said RAICES Chairman Erika Andiola, “and laws to humanize the immigration system into a system that welcomes seekers. ” Home & Security. ”