Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Judge Tells Trump Admin To Lay Off Toughest Vetting For Separated Families

Judge Tells Trump Admin To Lay Off Toughest Vetting For Separated Families

The Trump administration will appeal to a federal judge for more time to reunite young immigrant children with their parents.

Of the almost 3,000 migrant minors who were separated from their parents and placed in federal custody, the Trump administration says at least 102 are under 5 years old.

The children were taken from their parents under President Donald Trump's "zero-tolerance" immigration policy, which called for the prosecution and detention of adult immigrants crossing the border without authorization. "It's all confusing to them why there's so many people here and why there's so many strangers here, but they know that they're safe", Valdes said outside the ICE offices.

Now, one day before a Tuesday deadline, the administration says authorities expect to return just over half of the kids - but that they will need more time to figure out the rest. Some parents are not eligible, the government said, because they have criminal records, were deemed to be unfit or, in one case, have a communicable disease.

The court ordered separated children older than age 5 be reunited with their parents by July 26.

The government said in court on Monday it could not meet the July 10 deadline for all of the roughly 100 children under five years old it had been ordered to reunify.

Noting that the Trump administration manufactured this disastrous situation with its inhumane policies in the first place, the ACLU vowed to keep up the pressure until all families separated by the White House's cruel policies are unified.

So the Justice Department asked a federal judge to amend a 1997 ruling that children could not be held for more than 20 days while their parents are in court proceedings.

For the remaining almost 50 children, some of their parents have already been deported, while others were released and have already disappeared into the shadows of the illegal immigrant population, and the government has struggled to track them down. One child has still not had either of its parents identified.

Justice Department attorney Sarah Fabian said the reunifications Tuesday will occur in undisclosed locations administered by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which has custody of the detained parents.

For the parents and children who have been brought back together, thecelebrations may be short-lived.

"They will be assessed for reunification after they are released from criminal custody, provided that Defendants are made aware of that release", lawyers added. "Don't come to our country illegally", he said. But he said those who remain split from their parents are "in for a long process". In the month leading up to the executive order alone, some 2,300 children were separated from their parents and placed in "cage-like juvenile detention facilities". An additional 20 children have purported parents with whom they can not be reunited because those adults have already been either removed from the United States or released into the country, which removes DHS and HHS's ability to force them to come get the children they claim are theirs.

The government last week asked for more time to complete the reunification because it claimed it needed more time to ensure the children's safety and to confirm their parental relationships.

In the filing, the ACLU criticized the government's work reuniting the children with their parents.

The American Civil Liberties Union, which is representing the parents in a class-action lawsuit, said US officials "have not even tried" to return 12 children to parents who were deported, and said officials should have more quickly found eight parents who have been released in the United States.

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