SAN DIEGO — A federal judge on Tuesday criticized the Trump administration’s accounting of hundreds of parents who may have been deported after being separated from their children at the U.S.-Mexico border, calling it “a deeply troubling reality.”
U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw was responding to a government court filing that said 463 parents may not be in the United States. The government said those findings are based on case notes and are under review, signaling the number could change.
“It’s the reality of a policy that was in place that resulted in large numbers of families being separated without forethought as to reunification and keeping track of people, and that’s the fallout we’re seeing,” he said in a court.
The comments were in line with his long-standing criticism of the government’s “zero-tolerance” policy on illegal entry for causing many families to be separated. He also praised the administration’s recent efforts to reunite as many people as possible before his court-imposed deadline of Thursday, calling it “a remarkable achievement.”