Majority Of Youngest Migrants Reunited With Parents, Trump Administration Says


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In addition to mental health counseling, the rights group also asked the judge to order the government to provide detailed information by Monday about all children not yet reunited and to speed up background checks and verifications of family relationships. Justice Department attorneys have been under a 6 p.m. ET Thursday deadline to explain to Dana Sabraw, the US district judge behind the court order, how they returned the eligible children - and why the rest are ineligible for return under the court's guidelines. It said it was reviewing the government statement and would comment later.

The American Civil Liberties Union, which sued the government over its separation policies, disputed that assertion.

Sarah Fabian, a Justice Department lawyer, said that as of this weekend, there were 102 children under five who were still in government custody and separated from their parents.

"The Trump administration was ordered to reunite more than 100 children with their parents by today", Rep. Pramila Jayapal noted in a tweet on Tuesday.

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Many other children who should be reunited with their families are still in detention or foster homes as their parents can't afford the often more than $1,000 plane tickets, either to other parts of the US or back to their home countries.

Four have already been reunited with some family, while 34 others should be reunited by the end of the day, the government said. Another 46 children were not reunified, as they were judged ineligible for reunification.

Parents were taken into criminal custody and then held in immigration detention centers, deported or released in the United States. A spokesperson for the agency said it could not provide more details about what indication there is that this child and parent may be us citizens, how the child came to be in federal custody or where the child is now sheltered. Last week, US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said there were "under 3000" separated children in all.

Are families seeking asylum at ports of entries also separated? Thirty children will not be reunited by Tuesday, for a range of reasons.

The families that have already been unified have been released from detention on the condition that they attend immigration hearings and avoid criminal activity, according to Matthew Albence, a leading official with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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He said he was still shaken by the ordeal he had to go through just to speak to his boy while he was in government custody from February. At Tuesday's hearing, he said the process is taking too long and needs to be "streamlined". Our agencies' careful vetting procedures helped prevent the reunification of children with an alleged murderer, an adult convicted of child cruelty, and adults determined not to be the parent of the child.

They remained apart for two months, with Pulex in detention in El Paso and her daughter sent to live with a foster family in MI. Forty-six were "acknowledged by the court to be ineligible for reunification or determined by HHS, DHS and DOJ to be ineligible under court-approved criteria". HHS Chief of Staff in the Office of Preparedness and Response Chris Meekins told NPR, "HHS is complying with the court order to reunify children separated at the border from their parents". And the Justice Department manages the immigration courts.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle McConaghy told the judge the government has a plan to reunify all parents and children by the deadline.

The government has until July 26 to reunite almost 2,800 other children, ages five through 17, now in its custody. If he finds the government missed his deadlines, he could hold government officials in contempt of court and has a wide variety of punishments available to him.

Mr Ardino spoke on Wednesday at Annunciation House, an El Paso, Texas, shelter, along with another father, Pablo Ortiz, recently reunited with his child.

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On June 20, the Department of Health and Human Services said there were 2,053 children from separated families in its care. The government says it has 16 children under age 5 in its custody who it has not beeen able to link to an adult.