Trump Administration Will Not Meet Deadline for Reuniting Young Children
11 July, 2018, 03:12 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
They are among more than 2,300 children split up from their families as a outcome of the "zero tolerance" practice that saw their parents prosecuted for illegally crossing the border, even if they did so to seek asylum.
Foster care placement provider Bethany Christian Services, which operates in MI and Maryland, said the seven children under five in its care had been reunited or had travel arrangements for reunification. While parents were criminally prosecuted, children were placed in custody of the Health and Human Services Department. They come amid a tide of national and global outrage over such young children being taken from their parents.
Most of the parents will be released into the US from immigration detention centers, and the children will be freed from government-contracted shelters. The parents will be free while their cases wind through immigration court, which can take years, and may be required to wear ankle monitors.
Some lawyers representing the children, who are in foster systems across the United States, said the government was not telling them what would happen to their young clients. These parents have, according to DHS officials, been fitted with electronic monitoring bracelets and released into the United States because they brought children with them, illegally, across the USA border.
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.
The infant is one of hundreds of children who have yet to be reunited with their parents, with many separated from their families under the Trump administration's recently rescinded "zero tolerance" family separation policy.
Sabraw said Tuesday that "full background checks of other adults in the household are not necessary under these unique circumstances".
The illegal alien parents of 51 more children are "likely eligible" for the same catch-and-release treatment. Tell people not to come to our country illegally. They have to conduct criminal background checks of the parents. It noted that 20 of those parents were already deported, even though their children remain in US government custody. He asked attorneys for the government and the ACLU to file court papers by Monday night outlining their proposed reunification plans, with the ACLU calling for a more expedited process.
Attorneys for the children and the Department of Justice are working with the court to reunite the remaining children - many of their parents have been deported or released from custody in the United States - as quickly as possible. The first is to return to the Obama administration policy of releasing and monitoring families while they await deportation proceedings.
Nine have parents who were released already from ICE custody and are somewhere in the US.
Protesters in New York City marched last month in support of the families separated at U.S. -Mexico border.
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. One area of disagreement is DNA testing on parents and children, with the government saying it should be the general rule and the ACLU saying it should be done only when no other evidence is available to prove parentage. She said the kids were blameless and such an arrangement was not in their best interest.
In this June 25 photo, a mother migrating from Honduras holds her 1-year-old child while surrendering to U.S. Border Patrol agents after illegally crossing the border, near McAllen, Texas.
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