Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

US to release and reunite 50 migrant children with parents

US to release and reunite 50 migrant children with parents

A court-imposed deadline to reunite immigrant children under five with their parents by July 10th will likely not be met.

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.

U.S. Judge Dana Sabraw in San Diego last month ordered the government to reunite the approximately 100 children under the age of 5 by Tuesday, and the estimated 2,000 older children by July 26.

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.

As Common Dreams reported, a federal judge ruled late last month that the Trump administration must reunite children under the age of five within 14 days and all of the almost 3,000 children it separated from their parents within 30 days.

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The hearing Monday focused primarily on the status of the youngest children, and did not include details on whether the government would be able to meet the deadline for reuniting the older children with their parents later this month.

"I am encouraged by the progress", Judge Sabraw said. But, the lawyer says he's disappointed that not all children will see their parents. He added that nonprofit groups were trying to find parents the government had failed to locate, who are mostly from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

During separation, parents were sent into federal custody while the children were taken by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and held at holding facilities often thousands of miles (kilometers) from their parents.

Six of the 102 children on the list will not be reunited with the adult with whom they entered the country ― three of them based on the parent's criminal record and three because they were determined not to be related, Fabian said.

So far, two children under 5 years old have been returned to their families.

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He again declined on Monday to grant a formal extension, instead asking the government to provide another update on reunifications later in the day and on Tuesday morning. As of Sunday evening, however, the ACLU said the government was on track to reunite less than half of those with their families.

The ACLU also contested the government's assertion that only nine parents have been deported while their children remain in custody, saying they believe the number is 12.

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

"It's extremely disappointing that the Trump administration looks like it will fail to reunite even half the children under 5 with their parents", Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project, said in a statement sent to Newsweek. But on Monday, she said nine were removed from the United States and another nine were released here.

Fabian reportedly said that the reunited families will be released from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody ahead of immigration proceedings.

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Department of Justice lawyers asked that the judge either extend the reunification deadline or do away with the deadlines altogether, meaning the government would no longer be expected to reunite families under any given timeline, NBC News reported.

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