>> A US judge on Friday ordered the government to pay the costs of reuniting immigrant families separated at the border as part of the Trump administration's zero tolerance policy. The ACLU, which has sued the government over the policy, says immigration officials had told some parents they would have to pay their way to be reunited with their children.
One parent was told to pay $1,900.>> We believe it's outrageous for the United States government to take these children away. They, of course, paid for the children to be taken away, but now are saying, well, we may ask some of the parents to pay to get their child back.
>> Trump Administration lawyer, Sara Fabian, called the judge's order quote, a huge ask on HHS, citing limited resources for the Department of Health and Human Services. But US district judge, Dana Sabraw, responded saying quote, the government will make it happen. Some 2,000 children have been separated from their parents under the policy which was meant to deter families from illegal immigration.
The families are due to be reunited following a court order last month. But the process has been slow going due to DNA testing and background checks according to HHS.