Dozens of immigrant children in the USA will be reunited with parents

Clay Curtis
July 12, 2018

Lawyers for the children also argued that a recent ruling in California that ordered the Trump administration to reunite all separated immigrant families by July 26 does not prohibit the court from reuniting J.S.R. and V.F.B. with their parents ahead of the deadline.

The operation of facilities, like the one at Tornillo, "is a necessary and prudent step to ensure that the Border Patrol can continue its vital national security mission to prevent illegal migration, trafficking, and protect the borders of the United States", said Darcie Johnston, Director at the office of Intergovernmental Affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services, in a letter to Texas State Sen. Officials said 11 adults had serious criminal histories, including child cruelty, murder or human smuggling.

President Donald Trump spoke earlier on Tuesday about his administration's challenges with the reunifications, and said he had a solution. The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on behalf of a woman who had been separated from her child, and U.S. District Court Judge Dana Sabraw ordered all children reunited with their parents - children under five by July 10, and older children by July 26.

More than 50 children under age 5 could be back in the arms of their parents by the deadline at the end of the day, the Justice Department said.

Abril Valdez of the ACLU of MI said the government was "vague" on the time and place of the reunifications that could come on Tuesday (Wednesday NZT) for two Honduran men he represents. Some of the parents haven't cleared background checks, or they have criminal records, or have been deported without their children.

But almost half of children under five years old remain separated from their families because of safety concerns, the deportation of their parents and other issues, the administration said. Fabian did not offer a timetable for when the other children would join their parents. The father held up his wrist and told reporters that after they were separated, he threatened to use a razor on himself if he couldn't speak to his son. In court earlier this week, officials said it is possible that one young child held in federal custody for more than a year is a USA citizen. Because parents can't take their children to jail, they were separated. "Our position is the court has the authority to order the release of the parents in this case and reunify them with their children". Before the parent-child separations became widespread, the government operated three family detention centers with bed space of about 3,300.

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Of the 103 infants and toddlers in government care, the administration said it had identified just 57 who were eligible for reunions. "There was no reunification plan in place, and families have been separated for months". Part of the issue, administration officials said, is that the systems weren't set up to get parents back together with their children. He told attorneys that the final deadline will be "a significant undertaking".

The child 'cannot be reunified at this time because the parent's location has been unknown for more than a year, ' the Justice Department said, adding that 'records show the parent and child might be USA citizens'. Seven adults were "determined not to be the parent".

"I've asked the government for numbers and they should have told me by now", he told Reuters.

More than 2,000 children in all were separated from their parents by USA immigration authorities at the border this spring before President Donald Trump reversed course on June 20 amid an worldwide outcry and said families should remain together.

Orihuela said that the government knows where both J.S.R. and V.F.B. are and knows where their parents are being held.

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