Decoding the Homeland Security Plan for Reuniting Migrant Families

June 26, 2018
Brit + Co

Sofia Casini was just leaving the T. Don Hutto detention facility in central Texas — where she had posted bond for a detained migrant mom — when she spoke to us about the government’s promise to reunite migrant families.

“Based on what I’ve heard from mothers, the government had no intention to reunite families in the first place,” Sofia Casini tells us.

Casini is a campaign organizer for Grassroots Leadership, a non-profit that fights against for-profit prisons and detention centers. She tells Brit + Co that there is “desperation” among mothers at Hutto who have been separated from their children.

Casini says that it’s true some families have been reunited, but that it’s important to understand the circumstances.

She explains, for example, that the mom she posted bond for on Tuesday morning will be reunited with her children, who are already with her husband. The mother and her family have lawyers and advocates working on their behalf, which is necessary given how complicated and unclear processes are at this time. But not all families will have the exact right circumstances or resources to be reunited the way things are currently operating.