Feds on track to reunite 54 of 102 illegal immigrant families

Feds on track to reunite 54 of 102 illegal immigrant families

Children separated from their parents, some as young as 1 year old, are appearing in USA immigration court.

One child whose parents' location is unknown may not actually be an immigrant, according to the filing. At least nine will not be reunited by the deadline because their parents were deported without them.

Those children and their parents, Fabian said, will be released from custody instead of being held in family detention centers run by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

"It's extremely disappointing that the Trump administration looks like it will fail to reunite even half the children under 5 with their parent", ACLU attorney Lee Gelernt said in a statement.

Federal officials said in court records filed Tuesday that 38 of the 102 children under age 5 separated from their parents at the U.S. -Mexico will have been reunited by Tuesday's deadline.

Justice Department lawyer Sarah Fabian said at one point in the conference that one of the separated children was not eligible for release because, in the course of a previous fingerprint background check, someone in the child's parent's household was found to have a history of sexual abuse.

I've talked with one family, a four and 10-year-old boy who were separated for months. The Trump administration was working on final background checks for another five children ahead of Tuesday's (Wednesday NZT) deadline.

The lead-up to the Monday court appointment indicated the duress the Trump administration is now under in trying to swiftly reunite the families it has separated - and just how messy the situation has gotten.

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Justice Department lawyers had filed an application to U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee more than a week ago seeking her approval to detain parents and their children together for unspecified periods of time. They also note that DNA swabs are being utilized in order to quickly place the minors.

The separations sparked national and global outrage that crossed party lines and including warnings from health experts that taking children from their parents would incur significant emotional harm. That child and his or her parent may be USA citizens, according to the filing. An additional 20 children have purported parents with whom they can not be reunited because those adults have already been either removed from the United States or released into the country, which removes DHS and HHS's ability to force them to come get the children they claim are theirs.

Two weeks have passed since President Donald Trump signed an executive order to end his administration's policy of separating undocumented immigrant children and parents, but chaos still reigns at the border and across the country as family reunification has hit roadblocks.

Nine have parents who were released already from ICE custody and are somewhere in the US.

Federal officials said they are reunifying as many children as they can and attributed delays to "legitimate logistical impediments" that make it "impossible or excusable" to meet the court's deadlines.

To speed the reunions and reduce confusion, Sabraw had ordered the government to provide a list of the separated children's names to the ACLU over the weekend.

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

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