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San Antonio Congressman Requests 'Special Master' To Help Reunite Migrant Families

July 2016
Ryan Poppe
TPR News

A San Antonio lawmaker is asking that a federal judge in California appoint someone to oversee the reunification of migrant children with their families, who were separated under the Trump administration’s zero tolerance immigration policy.

Southern California Federal District Judge Dana Sabraw gave the Trump administration until July 10 to reunite 102 migrant children under age 5 with their families, but according to Congressman Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, only 54 children are expected to be reunited.


“As of yesterday, only two of 102 children have actually been reunited. If the government cannot reunite just these 102 children then it’s inconceivable that they will reunite the nearly 2,900 by the end of this month as order by the court,” Castro said.


During a press conference in Washington D.C., Castro offered his own solution to the dilemma.


“Judge Sabraw should appoint a 'special master' to ensure the government is in compliance with this process — that 'special master' should be in charge of the reunification process,” Castro said.


Castro and other congressional democrats also demands that the Trump administration provide congress with updates in real time as these reunifications are occurring.

Ryan Poppe can be reached at rpoppe@tpr.org or on Twitter @RyanPoppe1