FAST SUMMARY - Everyone Who Is Gone Is Here_ The United States, Central America, and the Making of a Crisis - Jonathan Blitzer

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Here is a summary of the key points:

  • Keldy Mino was detained in an ICE facility in El Paso for 6 months while awaiting an asylum hearing. She helped collect names and details of separated mothers.

  • Sister Mary Kay Mahowald regularly visited the facility and connected with Keldy. She helped gather info on separated families to get them legal representation.

  • Emily Kephart was trying to locate a 6-year-old Guatemalan girl separated from her father a month prior at the border. With help, she confirmed the girl was in a shelter in Chicago.

  • The passage discusses rising migration from Guatemala due to drought exacerbating problems for subsistence farmers. It discusses the detrimental effects of Trump's zero tolerance policy on separated immigrant families and efforts by advocates to track families.

    Here is a summary of the key points for reunification after a class action lawsuit:

  • The lawsuit challenged the government's policy of separating migrant families at the US-Mexico border under the Trump administration's zero tolerance policy.

  • Thousands of children were separated from their parents who were detained and criminally prosecuted for illegal border crossing. This caused lasting trauma for many families.

  • A court ordered the administration to reunify families, but coordination between agencies posed major challenges due to poor record-keeping and the number of people affected.

  • Advocates worked to locate separated parents and children, some of whom had been deported without their family members. The reunification process remained incomplete years later for some cases.

  • Issues included verifying parentage, conducting credible fear interviews remotely, treating minors humanely, and addressing the root causes that drove migration from Central America such as violence and poverty.

  • The experience highlighted the humanitarian and legal concerns with large-scale family separation as an immigration deterrence tactic. Ongoing impacts are still being assessed and addressed through litigation and policy changes.

In summary, the class action lawsuit aimed to remedy the widespread harms of the family separation policy by requiring the government to reunite parents and children. However, full reunification proved immensely difficult given the scale of the problem and record-keeping failures.

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