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DOJ Wants Up to Two Years to Reunite Separated Families

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Published on April 7, 2019 - Duration: 01:11s

DOJ Wants Up to Two Years to Reunite Separated Families

The Trump administration is on the verge of what will be a painstaking process of combing through records to find separated families.

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DOJ Wants Up to Two Years to Reunite Separated Families

The Justice Department  has asked  for up to two years to identify what could be thousands of immigrant children separated from their families at the border.

That's according to court documents filed Friday.

The filing puts forth a plan for reunification that would involve first using data analysis and then painstaking manual reviews to comb through thousands of records.

The government has been under pressure to find all those who were separated.  Last June, a federal judge ordered the government to reunify families separated under the so-called "zero-tolerance policy." Then a  government report in January revealed  there were possibly thousands of other families affected.

The report says many of them were separated  before  the announcement of the zero-tolerance policy.

The ACLU, which sued over family separations,  responded quickly  to news of the government's two-year plan, saying: "We strongly oppose any plan that would give the government up to two years to find these children.

The government's proposed plan reflects the Administration's continuing refusal to treat these separations with the urgency they deserve." Additional reporting from  Newsy affiliate CNN .

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