Fewer than half of child-parent reunions will meet deadline: ACLU

Fewer than half of child-parent reunions will meet deadline: ACLU

Fewer than half of child-parent reunions will meet deadline: ACLU

"I'm optimistic that many of these families will be reunited tomorrow, and that we'll have a very clear understanding as to who has not been reunited, why not, and what timeframe will be in place". But only 56 out of about 85 children under five who are eligible for reunification will have been reunited with their parents by the Tuesday deadline.

The Justice Department asked U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw for more time last week but the judge on Friday did not grant a blanket extension, saying only that he would consider certain exceptions.

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. The order provided the administration with 15 days to reunite children under the age of 5 and 30 days to reunite all others. 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 USA, and four have been approved for release to a non-parent sponsor. Another three have parents accused of serious criminal violations, preventing reunification. Five more will be released after further investigation of their parents.

One there is no information on the parent. 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.

For the more than 50 children who the government says will be reunited tomorrow, what are you expecting that moment to be like for those kids and those parents? Once the children are handed over to their custody, ICE will release the families together.

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The children have been housed in shelters from California to NY, licensed by the Health and Human Services Department. And for several weeks, administration officials have been under a court-ordered deadline: Reunite those young children with their parents, and do it quickly.

Despite the progress over the weekend, a number of questions remained Monday. According to government attorneys, nine have parents who have already been deported, while an additional nine have parents that have been released from government custody in the United States.

Lee Gelernt, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union, which brought the case, said he did not think the government was complying with the reunification order.

Gelernt responded dryly that while the government has made "significant steps" since the judge's national injunction, he does not believe it is in "full compliance". Others are still going through the backgrounding process to ensure they are the children's parents and fit to take custody of them. They have to conduct criminal background checks of the parents. On Monday, we learned more details about why the government would not hit that deadline - and just how far from the goal it would get. Sabraw rejected that argument and reaffirmed that the deported parents, however many they may be, are part of the class action. A second hearing to monitor the reunification process was scheduled for Tuesday. The attorneys and judge did say, though, that they hoped the work that had gone into identifying the children under 5 and what is needed to reunite them with parents will help when it comes to the older group.

Last month, Sabraw ordered the government to reunite all children under 5 with their parents by July 10, and all other minor children by July 26.

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