A federal judge ruled on Friday that Donald Trump and his administration will be held completely responsible for finding the hundreds of immigrant parents deported or released without their children in the wake of the their "zero tolerance" policy that separated families at the U.S./Mexican border.
The ruling, by U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw, comes as it was revealed that as many as 400 of the detained children's parents may have been deported primarily to Central America.
Judge Sabraw, who called the governments efforts "unacceptable", said during a hearing Friday in San Diego that the effort to find the separated children's missing parents is...
“100% the responsibility of the administration,”
Sabraw then ordered the government to create a detailed plan to find the remaining missing parents and reunite them with their children.
The ruling is a direct rebuke of the Justice Department who's lawyers wrote on Thursday that they shouldn't be the ones responsible for reuniting the families but instead the ACLU...
"should use their considerable resources and their network of law firms, (nongovernmental organizations), volunteers, and others" to establish contact with the deported parents.
After the judge was done slamming the Trump administration for shirking their responsibility he asked that the ACLU to create a steering committee to help the government in their inept efforts to locate the parents.
So far only around a dozen of the deported parents have been located by civil-rights groups, nongovernmental organizations or lawyers according to a status report filed with the court.