Joe Biden's administration will start the reunification process for migrant families separated as part of former President Donald Trump's zero-tolerance policies against illegal immigration.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in a call Sunday night that four families will be reunited this week.
The president promised during his campaign that he would reunite families separated after crossing the border and created a task force shortly after taking office dedicated to reunification.
'Our team is dedicated to finding every family and giving them an opportunity to reunite and heal,' Mayorkas told reporters Sunday.
'We continue to work tirelessly to reunite many more children with their parents in the weeks and months ahead,' Mayorkas said during the call. 'We have a lot of work still to do, but I am proud of the progress we have made and the reunifications that we have helped to achieve this week.'Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
It is not immediately clear how DHS selected these four families to be reunited first and the agency has not yet responded to a request for more information from DailyMail.com.
Joe Biden's administration will begin reuniting families this week who were separated when crossing the border under Donald Trump's 'zero tolerance' immigration policies. Here an immigrant mother carries her children into the U.S. after crossing illegally from Mexico
Four of the 1,000 families who remain separated will be reunited this week as Biden's Family Reunification Task Force charges forward with starting the process. Pictured: Migrant families overcrowded in a U.S. border facility in McAllen, Texas in June 2019
Two of the four include mothers – one Mexican and one Honduran – who were separated from their children in 2017, Mayorkas detailed without providing their identities. He described the range of children from 3-years-old at the time of separation to 'teenagers who have had to live without their parent during their most formative years.'
The administration's Family Reunification Task Force Executive Director Michelle Brane said the parents will return to the U.S. on humanitarian parole as authorities consider longer-term legal status.
Under Trump's policies, families arriving at the border were separated into different facilities, upon which time most parents and adults were deported, while children were