A recent ruling by U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw has led to the prohibition of a contentious family separation policy, originally implemented and later rescinded by former President Donald Trump.
This decision, according to The Associated Press, will prevent the separation of migrant families at the southern U.S. border for a minimum of eight years.
The settlement, reached between the United States Justice Department and families represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, does not include compensation for the families. However, it does open possibilities for potential benefits for those previously separated. These benefits, as reported by the AP, encompass temporary legal status for up to three years under a policy known as “humanitarian parole,” family reunification at the expense of the U.S. government, a year of housing, three years of counseling and legal aid for immigration court.
Former President Trump recently defended the policy.
“When you hear that you’re going to be separated from your family, you don’t eat. When you think you’re going to come into the United States with your family, you come,” Trump said. “It stopped people from coming by the hundreds of thousands because when they hear family separation, they say, well, we better not go. And they didn’t go.”
Trump also attributed the policy’s origins to the Obama administration. “You know, Obama did it and Obama is the one that built the cells. Remember, they said, oh, Trump is building cells, cells. And then somebody, some wonderful person said, no, these were built by Obama because they had pictures of it from like 2014 or something. These were built by Obama, the Obama administration,” he claimed.
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