Judge holds firm on deadline for reuniting immigrant families

Judge holds firm on deadline for reuniting immigrant families

Judge holds firm on deadline for reuniting immigrant families

In total, the administration said it expects to ultimately reunite 75 of the 102 children with their parents.

The ACLU is seeking clear deadlines to reunite the different groups of remaining children, though the judge deferred deciding on that until Tuesday, at the earliest.

"Our process may not be as quick as some would like, but there is no question that it is protecting children", said Chris Meekins, an official with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which is responsible for the children's care. They come amid a tide of national and worldwide outrage over such young children being taken from their parents. The parents will be free while their cases wind through immigration court, which can take years, and may be required to wear ankle monitors.

Six of the 102 children are not eligible for reunification because they have a parent with a criminal history or were separated from someone who is not their parent. She said doubted that the judge would approve of the administration enacting it by convincing parents to sign away their children's right to release.

The New York Times reported that U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw stuck to his Tuesday deadline for the youngest children to be returned to their parents, despite government officials indicating they'd be unable to meet the target.

The government last week asked for more time to complete the reunification because it claimed it needed more time to ensure the children's safety and to confirm their parental relationships.

Staff members at a nonprofit organization that has been housing numerous youngest children 'made sure every backpack was full and every child got a hug and a goodbye, ' Southwest Key CEO Juan Sanchez said.

Still, at a court hearing on Monday, the federal judge who set the deadline for reunifications said he was "very encouraged" thus far.

"The Trump administration was ordered to reunite more than 100 children with their parents by today", Rep. Pramila Jayapal noted in a tweet on Tuesday.

"Tomorrow there will hopefully be more than 50 babies and toddlers reunited with their parents, and that is obviously an enormous victory", he said.

In this photo June 17 photo provided by US Customs and Border Protection, people who've been taken into custody related to cases of illegal entry into the United States, rest in one of the cages at an immigration centre in McAllen, Texas. They have to conduct criminal background checks of the parents.

Two weeks have passed since President Donald Trump signed an executive order to end his administration's policy of separating undocumented immigrant children and parents, but chaos still reigns at the border and across the country as family reunification has hit roadblocks. It noted that 20 of those parents were already deported, even though their children remain in US government custody. The first is to return to the Obama administration policy of releasing and monitoring families while they await deportation proceedings.

"We just don't know how much effort the government has made to find released parents", he said. But the government does not have the room: ICE has three family detention centers with space for 3,000 people, and they are already at or near capacity, though the Trump administration is trying to line up space at military bases. A longtime court settlement says children who cross the border illegally can not be detained for more than 20 days. At least nine will not be reunited by the deadline because their parents were deported without them.

In the filing, the ACLU criticized the government's work reuniting the children with their parents.

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