DHS Refuses to 'Reunite' Children with Adults Who Aren't Their Parents

Trump admin releases names of children under 5 separated at border

Sabraw reportedly urged the government to ease up on the scrutiny applied to parents of separated children, compared to the usual amount applied to extended relatives who apply to look after unaccompanied minors who cross the border illegally.

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There are as many as 2,900 more children five or older who remain in federal custody awaiting a July 26 reunification deadline, HHS Secretary Alex Azar said Thursday.

In court filings, the ACLU has said the government is asking for needless provisions for reuniting families that would not happen if the families had not been separated in the first place.

The ACLU said late Sunday the administration provided it with a list of 102 children under 5 years old and that "appears likely that less than half will be reunited" by Tuesday's deadline.

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to be reunited with their parents, with many separated from their families under the Trump administration's recently rescinded "zero tolerance" family separation policy. Thirty children will not be reunited by Tuesday, for a range of reasons. 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. According to government attorneys, nine have parents who have already been deported, while an additional nine have parents that have been released from government custody in the United States.

I've talked with one family, a four and 10-year-old boy who were separated for months.

During Monday's court proceedings, government officials said that about half of the children in the under 5 age group - just over 50 - would be reunited by the deadline. A longtime court settlement says children who cross the border illegally can not be detained for more than 20 days.

"They're working nights and weekends to comply with the judge's orders".

Instead, he ordered both sides to provide a status report Monday night on the reunification procedures, and an update on numbers Tuesday morning. Yet in a disturbing investigation published Monday, BuzzFeed News has found that to not be the case, detailing the stories of several women who say they were ignored, roughly handled, shackled around the belly, and denied urgent medical care - even as they were miscarrying their children.

Also Friday, Fabian said 19 parents were deported and 19 were released.

Among the other remaining question marks is whether authorities can streamline their vetting process for the migrant parents - which ACLU attorneys have described as needlessly cumbersome - and whether the government can pass along the locations migrant families will be released from custody, so that charity groups can more quickly offer them support.

"The court has a range of options from significant fines to other types of relief", said ACLU attorney Lee Gelernt.

"I believe that they can still reunite some [more] individuals by tomorrow", Gelernt said during the hearing. 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.

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