Three insiders who are familiar with the matter revealed Dr. Biden's interest in the plan, which is a stark contrast to that of former first lady Melania Trump's.
First Lady Jill Biden will be actively taking part in a Biden administration task force that will be set up to reunite migrant children and their parents after they were separated at the southern border during the Trump era. Three insiders who are familiar with the matter revealed Dr. Biden's interest in the plan, which is a stark contrast to that of former first lady Melania Trump's, while speaking to CNN.
A White House official also revealed that Jill Biden's trip to the Matamoros, Mexico, refugee camp- which is spread across the border from Brownsville, Texas- in December had greatly impacted her. "It's not who we are as Americans. We are a welcoming nation, but that's not the message that we're sending at the border. We're saying, 'Stop. Don't come in,'" said FLOTUS Biden at the time having spent two hours at the camp.
Dr. Jill Biden's involvement in the issue and the targeted task force will definitely offer clarity to the mission of bringing children and their parents together. The issue is something that still remains a huge crisis for several families. Although a federal judge had previously instructed law firms and advocacy groups to find parents so they could be reunited with their children, there were hundreds of kids whose parents could not be reached.
According to the latest court filings, lawyers were unable to contact the parents of 611 children who were separated by the US border officials between 2017 and 2018. Although the policy had already been terminated, the Justice Department officially declared it to be void in a memo to federal prosecutors on Tuesday. A spokesman for Biden, Michael LaRosa, confirmed the East Wing's anticipated involvement saying that the first lady's chief of staff, Ambassador Julissa Reynoso, will be monitoring the federal reunification effort.
"As the first lady remarked on a 'Charla' with young Latinos earlier this week, her chief of staff, Ambassador Julissa Reynoso, will monitor the federal reunification effort given her background as a lawyer," LaRosa told CNN on Wednesday. Reynoso is deemed perfect for the job as she has a firsthand perspective on the matter. According to CNN, FLOTUS's chief of staff had moved to America from a rural village in the Dominican Republic when she was a mere child.
A source familiar with the situation also revealed that the task force is expected to be led by top officials at the Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, and the State Department. That being said, a task force is yet to be announced by President Joe Bide who promised to do so on the very first day of his administration.
Back in 2017 and 2018, the zero-tolerance policy was rolled out under the Trump administration separating thousands of families. Of course, Mrs. Trump visited one of these border facilities at the time but instead of extinguishing the tension with compassion, Melania gave rise to another controversy surrounding the zero-tolerance policy with her choice of wardrobe.
During her first trip to a border facility in Texas in June 2018, Melania met with children and their families. However, her objective for this visit was quickly overlooked after the former FLOTUS was seen wearing a jacket emblazoned with the words, "I really don't care. Do U?" in the back. Her reluctance in choosing an appropriate outfit while visiting an establishment full of kids and parents who had been split at the border due to her husband's new policies enraged people.
Her jacket gave rise to a new cycle of controversy and created a public perception that Melania was quite disinterested in the issue. Although she did express that the separation of families was "heartbreaking" and "unacceptable" during an interview several months after her visit to the border, it didn't really help.