Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Judge holds firm on deadline for reuniting immigrant families

Judge holds firm on deadline for reuniting immigrant families

The Trump administration said it identified about 100 children under age 5 who were likely separated from their parents at the border, but as of Tuesday said some could not yet be reunited, in part due to an intensive screening process typically used for minors who come to the us alone before they are released to sponsors.

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.

The lead-up to the Monday court appointment indicated the duress the Trump administration is now under in trying to swiftly reunite the families it has separated - and just how messy the situation has gotten.

American Civil Liberties Union attorney Lee Gelernt sought assurances from the government on Monday (Tuesday NZT) that advocates would be in position to guide parents when they are released in a foreign land.

In a court hearing on Tuesday, Sabraw said he wouldn't extend the reunification deadline and that 63 other families should be reunited soon after Tuesday, The Huffington Post reported.

The government defended its screening, saying it discovered parents with serious criminal histories and one case of credible child abuse. Officials are now complaining that the immediacy of the deadline is not realistic given the stringent vetting process necessary to ensure that all of the children in government custody are returned to the proper caretakers.

In a court hearing later on Tuesday, the administration gave additional details on the 51 children eligible for reunification, who had not yet been united with their families.

Speaking to reporters just before his flight to Europe for the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, Trump blamed his administration's failure to meet the court's deadline on the detained families themselves, saying the "solution" to the crisis he created is "don't come to our country illegally".

The Trump administration listed the 12 parents who have been deported as ineligible for reunification at this time, although the judge ordered the government to put those families back together as well.

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The woman was holding a picture of her 15-year-old daughter, who was killed by Israeli gunfire during the deadly May protest . The unit added that Israel's decision is not a solution and that Israel will be defeated by the people of Gaza.

Protesters in New York City marched last month in support of the families separated at U.S. -Mexico border.

It was not immediately clear the government was also preparing to release qualifying parents with children over five to alternative to detention programs with ankle monitors.

"Things have taken a real step forward", Gelernt said.

After Avenatti tweeted a complaint about not being allowed in to the Cayuga home for children in East Harlem, he said he got a call from the center assuring him he could see the youngsters. The children's parents appeared in court through a video chat from a detention facility in Pearsall, Texas. He stated, "These are firm deadlines". They will be set free in the USA pending the outcome of their immigration cases, which can take several years. "They're not aspirational goals", the judge said.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the White House's planned crackdown on immigration on May 7 - warning would-be immigrants that "If you cross the border unlawfully, then we will prosecute you".

The government pays for DNA and screening fees, officials said. Such testing, they said, is usually reserved for circumstances in which there are questions about the relationship between the parent and child.

In ordering an end to the separation of families, the president said they should instead be detained together.

"I've asked the government for numbers and they should have told me by now", he told Reuters. "The Trump administration does not approach this mission lightly". The judge refused to modify that.

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