Government Won’t Reunite All Under-5 Children With Parents Before Tuesday Deadline

Jul 11, 2018, 03:14
Government Won’t Reunite All Under-5 Children With Parents Before Tuesday Deadline

The judge asked the American Civil Liberties Union, which brought the lawsuit that led to his June 26 order, to file papers on Thursday suggesting remedies if the government had not reunited the 63 children by Tuesday "or within immediate proximity of today".

The reunions are seen as the blueprint for following U.S. District Judge Dana M. Sabraw's order to reunite more than 2,000 parents with a much larger group of children ages 5 to 18 by July 26.

Two have already been reunified since the initial list was made over the weekend. Others are still going through the backgrounding process to ensure they are the children's parents and fit to take custody of them. But he said those who remain split from their parents are "in for a long process".

Despite the delays, Sabraw reportedly said he had seen "real progress and I'm optimistic that many of these families will be reunited tomorrow, and then we'll have a very clear understanding as to who has not been reunited, why not, and what time-frame will be in place". "They want to punish these families who are here and deter others from coming".

"What is certain is that the children who are the beneficiaries of the Flores agreement's protections and who are now in [the government's] custody are blameless".

Other areas of disagreement include whether fingerprint checks should be run on other adult members of the household and parent participation a legal orientation program should be required before release.

One there is no information on the parent.

For almost one month Perez knew nothing about her children - "the longest, most torturous time of my life", she said. But they say they have to do cheek swabs of the children and the parents to do DNA tests to establish parentage. Previously, families were in most cases held together.

That discrepancy in numbers is one of several disagreements both sides of the suit, the Justice Department and the ACLU, pledged to discuss later Monday. As a result, the number of children eligible to be reunited has shifted in recent days as the government has discovered some individuals were not parents as they claimed or had criminal records.

On Monday (Tuesday NZT), a federal judge in Los Angeles rejected the Trump administration's efforts to detain immigrant families in long-term facilities, calling it a "cynical attempt to undo a longstanding court settlement". "It's all confusing to them why there's so many people here and why there's so many strangers here, but they know that they're safe", Valdes said outside the ICE offices. "I would like the process to continue as expeditiously as it has been with paramount focus on the children's welfare".

"These kids have already suffered so much because of this policy, and every extra day apart just adds to that pain", Gelernt said. "They certainly haven't reunited all the kids and parents who are noncriminals and don't fall out of the class".

In one instance, the administration said the parent of one of the separated minors was undergoing treatment for a communicable disease and would be reunited with their child once treatment was complete.

A demonstrator uses baby onesies to spell out "reunite" during a rally against the Trump administration's immigration policies outside the Texas Capitol, in Austin, Texas, on June 30.

Nevertheless, the government, in its Tuesday "Joint Status Report" notes that in at least 14 of the 102 children's cases, they will not be "reuniting" them with parents because the adults in question are either not actually their parents, have been convicted of serious crimes, including rape and murder, or have been credibly accused of child abuse.

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