No immediate ruling in Brazilian separation case - 6/28/2018 11:04:02 AM

Clay Curtis
July 1, 2018

After a month of separation from her 9-year-old boy, Diogo, the Brazilian mother flew to Chicago to get her son back.

Some parents who are attempting to get their children placed with friends or relatives in the USA are being asked by the government to provide fingerprints of relatives along with utility bills and lease information, which many newly arrived immigrants don't have, said Jesse Bless, an attorney from Jeff Goldman Immigration in Boston, who is representing Lidia Karine Souza. The reunion occurred as the White House is under increasing pressure to bring families back together after another judge's order this week ordered federal officials to do so in 30 days for many parents and children.

Every day that Lidia Souza spends away from her 9-year-old son, Diogo, is time that was brazenly and unjustly stolen by the USA government. The 27-year-old mother came to the United States seeking asylum; she was sent to detention while her son was taken away from her. Souza was eventually released and traveled to Hyannis to stay with family. This puts the children "in a disadvantageous position to defend themselves", she told the Texas Tribune.

An underage pregnant girl, a toddler and over a dozen youths were among a group of 57 Central American immigrants who were abandoned in the middle of the desert by their smugglers and rescued by U.S. Border Patrol agents late last week. But she also believes in "governing with heart", Grisham said.

She said children seeking asylum tend to make their case in a non-adversarial office setting with a hearing officer.

The 26-year-old father was separated from her by USA authorities in El Paso in May.

Benard Dreyer, director of the division of developmental-behavioral pediatrics at New York University School of Medicine called the USA government's decision of separating children from their parents topped with that the children may need to defend themselves "unconscionable".

Shah, who heard arguments Thursday morning, wrote in his ruling: "Continued separation of (the) nine year-old child, and Souza irreparably harms them both".

President Donald Trump's administration has vowed to prosecute all adults who cross the border illegally but its policy of separating immigrant children from parents met fierce worldwide criticism so it is now trying to keep detained families together while the parents await trial.

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It says some of the immigrants were in distress in the 108-degree weather, including a young pregnant girl who was sent to a hospital.

More than 2,000 children who were separated from their parents at the border have been dispatched to the far corners of the nation to care facilities and foster homes.

Souza's son has spent four weeks at a government-contracted shelter in Chicago, much of it alone in a room, quarantined with chickenpox. "I missed you so much", she said in Portuguese.

Souza had been allowed to phone her son for just 20 minutes per week. She has been told the soonest he could be released would be in late July.

A total of 17 U.S. states have sued the Donald Trump administration over its "cruel and unlawful" break-up of migrant families.

The official topic of Thursday's hearing was the conduct of FBI officials during the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's handling of classified information. Among them: a 36-page application, including Souza's fingerprints as well as those of the members of the household where she is staying.

"I'm ashamed that we're doing this", he says.

"When I got there, he already knew that I was taking him home", Souza told reporters through an interpreter.

"He cried a lot when the time came to say goodbye", she said.

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