USA will reunite and release more than 50 immigrant children

Blanche Robertson
July 10, 2018

U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw ordered the administration to share a list of the 101 children with the American Civil Liberties Union, which successfully sued to force the reunions, by Saturday afternoon.

The hearing only covered the roughly 100 children under the age of 5 who were separated from their parents under the administration's "zero tolerance" border prosecution policy.

Gelernt, an attorney with the ACLU, spoke with As It Happens guest host Rosemary Barton about the administration's announcement. Its database has some information about the children's parents but was not created to reunify families by the court's deadline. The administration has been given until July 10 to reunite separated children under 5 years old with their parents.

Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores had no comment on the discrepancies in the numbers.

The government will miss Tuesday's deadline for reuniting dozens of young illegal immigrant children with their parents, a Justice Department lawyer said Monday - though the judge who put himself in charge of overseeing the process said that still marks solid "progress". She said Monday that they may have been incorrectly marked as deported.

The government has offered a variety of reasons why they can't reunite different families. A few of the justifications are legitimate.

Eight have parents who are in federal criminal custody. He added that nonprofit groups were trying to find parents the government had failed to locate, who are mostly from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. And that's extremely troubling.

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Fabian attributed the holdup to difficulties tracking down some parents, and to necessary background checks on those whom they've found. While parents were prosecuted, children were placed in the custody of the Health and Human Services Department in facilities dotted across the country.

How much of this is about the fact that they didn't really track or think about how they were going to track these kids to begin with?

The ACLU and others have blasted the Trump administration for shoddy record-keeping after they separated the parents and children, saying the government apparently had no plan in place to eventually bring families back together. Some of the children were brought to the U.S. by someone who is not their biological parent, for example, while others have parents with serious criminal records.

And how old is that child? Meanwhile, some separated children have been entered into an Obama-era foster care system, where temporary guardians described them as "shell-shocked". Unaccompanied children, some as young as 1 year old, have been kept in large chain link cages, and in some cases, forced to represent themselves in court.

Demonstrations are being held in cities across the U.S. Saturday to call for the reunification of separated families and to protest the detention of children and families seeking asylum at the border.

Lyft said it will provide free rides to non-profits helping to reunite families in Texas, Arizona and other states.

And if they continue to drag on, what would you ask the judge to do in that instance? "They told me I could buy more in the commissary". The bleeding still did not stop: "They were refusing to give me sanitary towels, I needed like 30 per day and we were given three per day", said Pagoada.

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