Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Government Will Miss Deadline To Reunify Young Children With Parents

Government Will Miss Deadline To Reunify Young Children With Parents

According to The Associated Press, after a two-hour hearing, the judge put the request off until at least Monday, meanwhile ordering the Justice Department to share with the American Civil Liberties Union a list of the 101 children under 5 who are separated from their parents.

HHS has further confirmed with the Department of Homeland Security that about 40 parents of children under 5 are in its custody and another nine are in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Much of the confusion stems from the separate legal tracks children and their parents were set upon after their arrests at the border - while children were placed in the custody of the Health and Human Services department and flown to shelters and foster families across the country, their parents were largely detained by ICE or deported.

In a June 26 ruling, US District Judge Dana M. Sabraw in San Diego ordered federal officials to reunite families within 30 days.

The department has manually reviewed the cases of all 11,800 children in its custody by working nights and weekends, White said. "You've taken a child from a parent".

Six of the 102 children on the list will not be reunited with the adult with whom they entered the country ― three of them based on the parent's criminal record and three because they were determined not to be related, Fabian said.

Officials say they have deployed hundreds of government employees and opened a command center usually reserved for natural disasters to match parents and children.

Gelernt said the ACLU was concerned that parents would be put on the street without any money in an unfamiliar city. Fabian said another 12 have parents in state or federal prison.

The Trump administration separated thousands of children from their parents at the border as part of a new zero tolerance policy for illegal immigration.

"We want to ensure that we can reunite children who have been separated from their families as expeditiously as possible", wrote Representative Mark Meadows, a North Carolina Republican, and Elijah Cummings, a Maryland Democrat. "They need to give the child back".

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. US authorities confirmed through DNA testing on March 12 that the woman was the girl's mother and the two were reunited.

"I can't believe they have the nerve to ask for more time", Church said.

New figures released by DHS show overall apprehensions at the southwestern border dropped by 18 percent in June from the previous month, to 34,114.

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Thursday there were "under 3,000" children separated from their parents.

Sabraw, the judge, noted that the act was intended for a different situation, but also said the government raised an important point.

But they also acknowledged that they do not know the whereabouts of the parents of roughly 20 percent of the toddlers still in custody, and likely won't meet the July 10 deadline.

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