Government won't meet Tuesday deadline to reunite separated parents, children

Government won't meet Tuesday deadline to reunite separated parents, children

Government won't meet Tuesday deadline to reunite separated parents, children

Forcing families that have already suffered the huge trauma of being wrenched apart and jailed separately for weeks to wait even longer before they are reunited, the Trump administration is on pace to unify less than half of detained children under five years old with their parents before Tuesday's court-imposed deadline, the ACLU said late Sunday.

The administration said it needed more time to reunite 101 children under 5 years old to ensure the children's safety and to confirm their parental relationships.

The group said the administration provided it with a list of 102 children under 5 years old who must be reunited by Tuesday under an order by U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw in San Diego.

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.

This sort of carelessness raises major questions ahead of an even more significant deadline than Tuesday's: Sabraw had also ordered the government to reunite all of the almost 3,000 children it took from parents by July 26.

That discrepancy in numbers is one of several disagreements both sides of the suit, the Justice Department and the ACLU, pledged to discuss later Monday. But, the lawyer says he's disappointed that not all children will see their parents.

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For the other parents, I think there just hasn't been enough of an effort made to locate the parent.

DNA cheek swab tests on parent and child take almost a week to complete, said White, who called the risk of placing children with adults who aren't their parents "a real and significant child welfare concern".

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.

Sabraw had ordered the government to return all children 4 and younger to their parents by Tuesday.

Mr. Gelernt, what did the court decide today about these children under five, who should be reunited with their families?

"I am very encouraged about the progress", Sabraw said on Monday, according to the newspaper. "This is real progress". He scheduled another hearing for Tuesday morning.

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Under normal circumstances the government said it would perform extensive checks on all those in the household where an illegal immigrant child being released from federal custody would end up.

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

And why did the government say they can't meet the deadline?

Sabraw had ordered the July 10 deadline in response to a lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union.

As the government awaits the court's Monday decision on whether or not the timeline for family reunification will be extended, time is of the essence: doctors have repeatedly warned that being separated from parents for even short periods of time can cause symptoms of toxic stress in children, which can derail healthy emotional development. The administration has been given until July 10 to reunite separated children under 5 years old with their parents.

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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