Trump admin won't meet deadline to reunite separated families

Trump admin won't meet deadline to reunite separated families

"The government is planning on reuniting at most 59 of the 102 kids that they have identified for under 5-years-old", said Lee Gelernt, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union suing the government on behalf of migrant families. The case includes a broader group of thousands of other children and parents, but the hearing focused largely on the pressing deadline for the children under 5.

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.

HHS admitted it had resorted to DNA testing on some of the children to try to match them with their parents.

The American Civil Liberties Union received the list of the names of the almost 100 children under the age of 5 who were separated from their parents at the border, according to a group spokesman.

Despite the delays, the judge 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".

The Justice Department said in a statement Monday that the administration had "worked tirelessly" since the latest court conference Friday "toward the shared goal of promptly reunifying families while ensuring the safety of the children". One child's parents could not be identified.

Nine have parents who were released already from ICE custody and are somewhere in the US. "They have to determine the fitness of the parents to be able to release the kids to them", John noted. The government has said only 3 of the children had accompanying adults that were found to not be their parents.

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Eight have parents who are in federal criminal custody.

A number of children can not be released to their parents, either because the parents were released from custody into the United States or deported or because the parents are serving criminal sentences. But more than 45 young children will remain in government custody away from family, including nine children whose parent was already deported, nine whose parent was released into the USA and 12 whose parent is in criminal custody. Children are handled by the Office of Refugee Resettlement, part of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Despite the progress over the weekend, a number of questions remained Monday. Puzzlingly, the administration had claimed on Friday that as many as 19 parents were deported, and argued that because they have been unable to make contact with them, they should not have to reunite them with their children under the court's injunction.

"Let me put it this way: I think the government in the last 48 hours ... has taken significant steps", Gelernt said.

Gelernt said the youngsters "have already suffered so much because of this policy, and every extra day apart just adds to that pain".

US District Court Judge Dana Sabraw in San Diego ordered the list to be handed over by Saturday evening as he considers whether to extend the Tuesday deadline to reunify the families.

For the remaining almost 50 children, some of their parents have already been deported, while others were released and have already disappeared into the shadows of the illegal immigrant population, and the government has struggled to track them down. Pacific Time on Tuesday to hear the Trump administration's final list of "groups of parents that will fall into category where it is impossible to reunite by tomorrow".

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