Feds on track to reunite 54 of 102 illegal immigrant families

Feds on track to reunite 54 of 102 illegal immigrant families

"This is real progress and I'm optimistic that many of these families will be reunited tomorrow and we'll have a very clear understanding as to who has not been reunited, why not, and a time frame in place", he said.

So far, the court has yet to change the reunification deadlines, which are set for July 10 for children under 5 and July 26 as the deadline for all children separated from their parents. The ACLU would like a faster reunification process while the USA government claims they are bound by strict protocols, such as a plan to DNA test every child and parent before a reunification can occur.

More than 2,000 children in all were separated from their parents by United States immigration authorities at the border this spring before President Donald Trump reversed course on June 20 amid an global outcry and said families should remain together.

"There's no question that the parties are meeting and conferring", District Judge Dana Sabraw said.

Sabraw asked ACLU attorney Lee Gelernt for his take on whether the administration is "in full compliance to the extent it can be" with the court's deadline. Others are still going through the backgrounding process to ensure they are the children's parents and fit to take custody of them.

During Monday's court proceedings, government officials said that about half of the children in the under 5 age group - just over 50 - would be reunited by the deadline.

Most parents have already been transferred to detention facilities in the vicinity of where their children are now held, Sarah B. Fabian, a Justice Department lawyer, said in court Monday. The separations were in place from early May until Trump stopped the practice last month in the face of intense criticism.

That brings us to an update provided by the government on Monday about the 102 children under the age of 5 identified as having been separated from their parents.

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We are going to propose within 48 hours of contacting a parent who is in the USA, and within one week of contacting a parent who's already been removed to another country.

Federal immigration authorities were preparing to return 54 young migrants to their parents Tuesday in a secretive operation that involves transporting children hundreds of miles to undisclosed locations around the country.

He said the ACLU instead wanted a detailed explanation of when all families will be reunited.

On Friday, the Trump administration had requested more time to fulfill the judge's order, which came in response to a lawsuit filed by the ACLU.

Officials said they were still working to locate the parents of numerous children, some of whom have been deported.

Gelernt said the ACLU was concerned that parents would be put on the street without any money in an unfamiliar city. Unaccompanied children, some as young as 1 year old, have been kept in large chain link cages, and in some cases, forced to represent themselves in court. As for the rest, she claimed, three were brought by someone who is not their biological parent, three have parents with serious criminal records that bar reunification, five have parents with something on their record that requires further investigation, 12 have parents either in local or federal criminal detention who must serve time before being transferred to ICE, 18 have parents who were lost by the administration after their deportation or release into the US, and four have been approved for release to a non-parent sponsor.

Judge Sabraw said that that information should be shareable with trusted groups under the protective order he had already approved.

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