A federal judge just ordered the Trump administration to pay immigrant families' reunification costs - and a government lawyer called it 'a huge ask'

Posted On: Jul 13, 2018   |   Posted By: Business Insider

A federal judge just ordered the Trump administration to pay immigrant families' reunification costs - and a government lawyer called it 'a huge ask'

A federal judge on Friday ordered the Trump administration to cover the costs of reuniting the immigrant families it separated under its " zero tolerance " immigration policy.
A government lawyer pushed back, calling that "a huge ask" and saying there weren't enough resources to pay for families' flights and other reunification expenses.
"The government will make it happen," US District Judge Dana Sabraw responded.
A federal judge said in a court hearing on Friday that because the Trump administration "improperly separated" thousands of immigrant families at the border, it should also cover the costs to reunite them.
The Trump administration said it has reunited 58 of the 103 youngest immigrant children separated from their parents, though lawyers from the American Civil Liberties Union alleged that some of the families had been asked to pay hundreds of dollars to reunite with their children.
One parent was initially told to wire $1,900 to Western Union to pay for the reunification, according to the ACLU....

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