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

Less Than Half of The Separated Immigrant Toddlers Will be Reunited By Tomorrow's Deadline Babies Appear in Immigration Court as Trump Administration Struggles to Reunite Even Half of Children Under 5
Kenny Thornton | 12 July, 2018, 20:44

Lawyers said the fathers were too distraught to speak to the news media.

The Department of Health and Human Services referred to figures released on Tuesday, when the Trump administration said four children were reunited and at least 34 more would be by the end of the day, about half of the total in that group.

Yeni Gonzalez, a Guatemalan mother who was separated from her three children at the US-Mexico border, at a news conference in July in NY. In court earlier this week, officials said it is possible that one young child held in federal custody for more than a year is a USA citizen. "We know they missed the deadline".

The Trump administration said it expects to reunite just 38 of the 102 youngest immigrant children separated from their parents by Tuesday's court-imposed deadline.

Noting that the Trump administration manufactured this disastrous situation with its inhumane policies in the first place, the ACLU vowed to keep up the pressure until all families separated by the White House's cruel policies are unified.

"Tell people not to come to our country illegally".

American Civil Liberties Union attorney Lee Gelernt sought assurances from the government on Monday (Tuesday NZT) that advocates would be in position to guide parents when they are released in a foreign land.

"Things have taken a real step forward", Gelernt said.

Sabraw ordered that children under five years of age rejoin their parents by a July 10 deadline.

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Martin said he would have grave concerns if the children were not reunited with their parents quickly. Scores of children separated from their families were sent to government-contracted shelters or foster care hundreds of miles away from where their parents were detained.

Now the family detention system is at capacity - as are a network of about 100 shelters for migrant minors who traveled into the US without parents or a guardian and who now wait anywhere from a few weeks to years to have their cases resolved in the immigration courts.

On the call Thursday, the government refused to detail the specific reasons that all 11 adults with a "serious criminal history" had been deemed ineligible for being reunited with their children.

Trump stopped the separations before Sabraw's June 26 order that all children be reunited with their parents. He stated, "These are firm deadlines. Throughout the reunification process our goal has been the well-being of the children and returning them to a safe environment", HHS Secretary Alex Azar, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenElection gives Trump a chance to hit the reset button with Mexico Dem lawmaker: Restaurant gave me free food to support fight against Trump policy Bartender cursed at Stephen Miller as he picked up takeout sushi: Washington Post MORE, and Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsDOJ letter listing subpoenaed reporters did not name NYT journalist DOJ unveils proposal giving feds more power to limit opioid production Senate confirms Trump DOJ nominee with ties to Russian bank MORE said in a joint statement. There are an estimated 102 migrant children under five in federal custody, with a limited number of cases not qualifying for reunification due to the parents' criminal background or signs of child abuse.

According to court filings, both children were forcibly taken from their parents at the border and brought to Noank Community Support Services in CT, where they are now being cared for.

The father said he planned to live with relatives in the United States as his asylum case is processed, which could take years.

The government has pushed back on the idea that screenings should be streamlined, although officials said they will comply with the judge's order.

The government last week asked for more time to complete the reunification because it claimed it needed more time to ensure the children's safety and to confirm their parental relationships.

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