Friday, 16 November, 2018

US will reunite only half of migrant children by Tuesday deadline

US will reunite only half of migrant children by Tuesday deadline US will reunite only half of migrant children by Tuesday deadline
Melinda Barton | 10 July, 2018, 12:50

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. He said that he was pleased with the efforts being made to reunite families, even if it proves impossible for some to be done by the deadline, suggesting it is unlikely the government will be accused of violating the court order.

Immigrant rights groups say the delay is a clear case of actions speaking louder than words.

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Thursday there were "under 3,000" children separated from their parents.

The government is using procedures from its process of reuniting unaccompanied minors, which the ACLU argues is not necessary because the children were not unaccompanied until the government separated them from their parents. Others have left the country or were released, Fabian said.

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.

Fabian didn't say why they were being released, but U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has little space to hold families.

The organization and government agreed the locations of the releases would not be disclosed, and the government agreed to work with immigration advocates to ensure the parents had money for a hotel and other necessities.

On Friday, Fabian said in court that 19 children under age 5 in government custody had a parent who was already deported. Reporters on the ground have reported that there seemed to be no plan to track where different parts of families were being sent so that they could eventually be reunited.

Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores had no comment on the discrepancies in the numbers. We are just asking that the parent be given back their child.

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.

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

In March, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Trump administration's separation of an asylum-seeking mother and her 7-year-old daughter.

We are going to propose within 48 hours of contacting a parent who is in the USA, and within one week of contacting a parent who's already been removed to another country.

Judge Sabraw said that that information should be shareable with trusted groups under the protective order he had already approved. The bleeding still did not stop: "They were refusing to give me sanitary towels, I needed like 30 per day and we were given three per day", said Pagoada.

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. A second hearing to monitor the reunification process was scheduled for Tuesday.