Expert: Reuniting families in 30 days not likely

Posted at 5:57 PM, Jun 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-27 21:11:30-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A local expert in reuniting families around the world says it's not likely that the Trump administration will meet a federal judge's deadline to reunite separated families. 

On Tuesday, San Diego District Judge Dana Sabraw ordered the administration to reunite families in the next 30 days. Children under the age of 5 must be reunited within 14 days. 

However, Richard Villasana, the founder of the non-profit Forever Home for Foster Kids, says that's not realistic. Villasana has 25 years of experience in reuniting children in the foster care system. He's reunited more than 10,000 families in his career. 

Villasana thinks the government can't meet that deadline because of the lengthy process it takes to reunite a parent with their child. He says the situation is harder with immigrant children because of the language barrier, a lack of proper documentation and the fact that some parents have already been deported.