Thursday, 19 July, 2018

Trump administration says 57 children under 5 have been reunited with parents

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
Faye Gross | 12 July, 2018, 20:43

Public outrage over the separations led President Donald Trump to retreat last month from his "zero-tolerance" policy toward unlawful border crossings.

Handout/Reuters Baby and toddler high chairs are seen at the Bristow facility, in this photo provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in Bristow, Virginia.

This sort of carelessness raises major questions ahead of an even more significant deadline than Tuesday's: Sabraw had also ordered the government to reunite all of the almost 3,000 children it took from parents by July 26.

More than two thousand children have been taken from their parents since April and it's estimated that 64 children under 5 years old are still waiting to be reunited with their families. "I am optimistic that many of these families will be reunited by tomorrow and we will have a clear understanding of who has been reunited and the reasons for not reuniting others". The ACLU contends that there may be more separated children that the government has not counted.

In a last-ditch effort to secure more time, the government submitted a filing on Friday suggesting that it would need more days, admitting that the administration is struggling to find parents they have already deported.

Her comments appear to be ringing true, as now the American Civil Liberties Union has come out and said that the administration gave them a list of 102 children who were under the age of 5 and that it "appears likely that less than half will be reunited" by Judge Dana Sabraw's deadline, which is Tuesday, July 10.

Based on those considerations, Sabraw said Tuesday that 63 children should be able to be reunified with parents this week. They say officials recklessly split up families without any idea of how to bring them back together. He told the two sides to discuss possible exceptions and report to him Monday. 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 US citizen. One area of disagreement is DNA testing on parents and children, with the government saying it should be the general rule and the ACLU saying it should be done only when no other evidence is available to prove parentage.

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The government said 24 children are now not eligible to be reunited with parents "due to circumstances of the adults in question", 11 of whom are in criminal custody with either the U.S. Marshals Service or state jails. Now, the lawsuit has spread into total reunification of all families separated at the border under Trump's zero-tolerance policy.

The original suit sought to reunite a migrant mother and her daughter who had fled violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo and were separated at the southern border.

Staff members at a nonprofit organization that has been housing numerous youngest children 'made sure every backpack was full and every child got a hug and a goodbye, ' Southwest Key CEO Juan Sanchez said. "They've missed the deadline and must be held accountable".

Yet in a disturbing investigation published Monday, BuzzFeed News has found that to not be the case, detailing the stories of several women who say they were ignored, roughly handled, shackled around the belly, and denied urgent medical care - even as they were miscarrying their children. Many of those who had left the country without their child, they claimed, had done so because leaving the child in the United States had been their intended goal.

Pressed on whether his "solution" was to punish children for being brought to the U.S. illegally by adults, Trump retreated to more general comments.

"I've asked the government for numbers and they should have told me by now", he told Reuters.

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