Trump administration says it has completed reunifying migrant kids under 5

12 July, 2018, 20:42 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • Fewer than half of child reunions will meet Tuesday's deadline ACLU says

"They have to determine the fitness of the parents to be able to release the kids to them", John noted.

Back in June, U.S. District Court Judge Dana Sabraw issued a preliminary injunction on the practice of family separation, and also stipulated that the remaining children aged 5 and over must be reunited by July 26.

As for most of the rest of the under-5 children who have yet to reunited with their families, Fabian said that their parents have already been released into the U.S., have been deported, or are behind bars on criminal charges. The administration missed the deadline and only guaranteed the reunification of 38 children.

Under-5 children who will remain separated for now include parents have already been released into the U.S., have been deported, or are behind bars on criminal charges.

The child 'cannot be reunified at this time because the parent's location has been unknown for more than a year, ' the Justice Department said, adding that 'records show the parent and child might be US citizens'. "Eliminating any one of these steps will endanger children".

American Civil Liberties Union attorney Lee Gelernt told reporters he was "both pleased and disappointed" with the government's progress toward meeting the deadline. Previously, the DoJ had only informed the ACLU that the father was missing. Flores stipulates that children can not be held in detention for more than 20 days.

More than 2,000 children were separated from their parents by USA immigration authorities at the border this spring before Trump reversed course on June 20 amid an global outcry. Carrying banners, and in many cases surrounded by their own children, members of Unidad Latina en Accion, Connecticut Students for a Dream and other groups decried family separations at the border.

As NPR's John Burnett explained Friday, the Department of Health and Human Services says it has hired 250 additional personnel in the sprint to comply with the court order.

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In Tuesday's filing, administration lawyers stated that a remaining 27 children were not eligible for reunification with a parent and were therefore not subject to the court-mandated reunification deadline.

Despite the delay in fulfilling her order, Sabraw commended the government for its efforts.

ICE has three family detention centres with room for about 3000 people in all, and the places are already at or near capacity.

The judge said he would hold frequent status conferences to make sure the reunification process is proceeding as scheduled. "That can be done". He stated, "These are firm deadlines. They're not aspirational goals", the judge said.

On Tuesday, Sabraw showed little appetite for giving more time to the government unless it could show good reasons in specific cases.

The Annunciation House shelter in El Paso, Texas, was assisting four parents of children under 5 after their release from immigration detention, none of whom had reunited with their children as of Monday evening (Tuesday NZT), said Taylor Levy, legal coordinator.

"Tell people not to come to our country illegally. That's the solution." Apparently, the president wasn't informed that his administration very well may have separated a legal USA citizen from his child, a problem to which his "solution" does not apply.

The administration faces a second, bigger deadline - July 26 - to reunite about 2,000 older children who were also separated from their families at the border in the past few months. "We provide [detained pregnant women] with prenatal care, we provide them separate housing, we provide them specialists, we will take them to appointments if they need to go somewhere else, we provide them counseling", said Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in May.

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