Trump admin requests more time to reunite families separated at border

Trump admin requests more time to reunite families separated at border

Trump admin requests more time to reunite families separated at border

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'.

In court documents filed late Thursday, the administration says it is working "diligently" and dedicating "immense resources and effort" to comply with a court order to reunify the families.

"We will comply [with the court] even if those deadlines prevent us from conducting a standard or even a truncated vetting process", Mr Azar said.

In Friday's legal request - the government asked for more time and clarification on if their current process for confirming parentage is consistent with the court's mandate and "seeks clarification that in cases where parentage can not be confirmed quickly, HHS will not be in violation of the Court's order if reunification occurs outside of the timelines provided by the Court". A June 26 court order by a federal judge set a hard deadline to reunite the families, and that deadline is fast approaching.

According to Azar, the agency's traditional method of employing birth records to match parents to their children is time-consuming. "What we care about is the kids' welfare".

President Donald Trump reversed course last month and signed an executive order meant to keep families together, but the administration is still facing scrutiny and questions over the families separated as a result of its widely-criticized "zero-tolerance" immigration policy.

In Friday's court filing, the federal government asked the court if it will still be in compliance with the 30-day deadline if it struggles to meet it in cases in which it is hard to confirm parentage. Of those, about 100 are aged under five and must be reunited with their families by Tuesday. The families were separated after illegally crossing the US-Mexico border and being arrested under the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" immigration policy. He also ordered the government to make sure all parents had a way to contact their children by July 6.

USA officials are now rushing to reunite more than 2,000 children separated from their parents at the border after the court in San Diego ordered the government last month to halt the practice.

Sabraw's order in the class-action lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union applies to all families who have been separated and includes a halt to any future separations.

Government lawyers also informed the judge that when they reunite kids with parents who are in ICE custody undergoing immigration court, they'll do so by detaining the families together.

Nonetheless, Azar's effort to provide a more accurate accounting only seemed to create more confusion.

Health and Human Services deployed more than 200 workers to review the cases of separated children.

Currently, 11,800 minors are under the care of the health department. DHS's attempt to attribute it to the president's controversial immigration push appears to ignore the agency's own statement, which links to US Customs and Border Protection numbers showing that there's a decline in apprehensions almost every year around this time. "Country being forced to endure a long and costly trial", he wrote.

President Donald Trump is demanding that Congress "FIX OUR INSANE IMMIGRATION LAWS NOW!"

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