1,012 migrant parents reunited with children after latest hearing, United States says
02:44, Jul 28, 2018
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President Donald Trump ended the practice of taking children from parents, but a federal judge in San Diego ordered the government to reunite all the families by the end of day Thursday, but the efforts will continue. "It would be hard to expect that number of agencies to seamlessly coordinate a family reunification effort". So in order to comply with the court order, attorneys and advocates said, children are being brought to the detention center where their parents are and reunited in the parking lot. As previously reported, ACLU compiled personal declarations from several attorneys who have met with detained parents as part of a court filing on Wednesday.
So far, 130 of those parents have opted against a reunion, in some cases preferring their children be allowed to remain in the United States with another relative while their immigration appeals are pending.
The policy was reversed in late June, and a federal judge in California ordered reunifications by July 26.
79 children whose parents who were released from custody and into the U.S.
Some children who had not seen their parents in weeks or months seemed slow to accept that they would not be abandoned again.
"We've been working with two Central American children, ages 9 and 14, who were taken from their mother and held in the Cayuga Center in NY by the Office of Refugee Resettlement", Christie Turner with Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), another legal group working with the separated children, told TPM.
Vanita Gupta, president of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, was among the rights advocates who expressed outrage over the administration's failure to meet its obligations after separating the families.
A total of 463 parents have been deported, but the cases are under review and may not reflect the number sent back without their children, according to The Post.
Meanwhile, Homeland Security's internal watchdog said it would review the separation of families, along with the conditions at Border Protection facilities where migrant children are held, in response to scores of congressional requests to do so.
"The government has to be commended for its efforts in that regard", Sabraw said Tuesday. "There is a risk that these children will be indefinitely separated from their parents", ACLU wrote.
Another 378 had been discharged 'in other appropriate circumstances, ' according to a government court filing. Information about these exclusions "was too general to be useful", ACLU said.
The separation policy was rooted in administration arguments that separating children would deter Central American migrants from coming-and in prominent officials' skepticism that asylum seekers from that region deserve refuge, as this report explains. They have also defended the government's handling of the reunifications so far, saying the ACLU's portrayal of the process as chaotic was inaccurate.
Jose Dolores Munoz, 36, from El Salvador, was reunited with his 7-year-old daughter last Friday, almost two months after they were separated. He also temporarily suspended deportations of families that have been reunited. More than 120 others have signaled that they want to be deported without being reunified, leaving their children in the U.S. A court hearing was scheduled for Thursday. Tracking down those parents and reaffirming they in fact do want their child to remain in the United States without them proved hard when the parents numbered one dozen. Well-established groups with powerful donor networks, such as the Refugee and Immigrant Centre for Education and Legal Services, known as RAICES, and Fwd.us, an advocacy group backed by tech entrepreneurs Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates, have raised tens of millions of dollars to pay for immigration court bonds and plane tickets.
As if that were not bad enough, there are reports the Department of Homeland Security and the HHS Department destroyed documents relating to the family separation policy.
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