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Offbeat Border officials may have taken child of US citizen into custody

00:30  11 july  2018
00:30  11 july  2018 Source:   thehill.com

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U.S. officials at the southern border may have taken a child of a U.S. citizen into custody, administration lawyers revealed Tuesday.

In a court filing to give an update on efforts to reunite families, lawyers for the Department of Justice (DOJ) said the administration is unable to determine if the child was separated from the parent, and the government hasn't been able to locate the parent for more than a year.

The child is under the age of 5, according to the filing. Officials did not give any other details about the child or the parent's potential whereabouts.

One child "cannot be reunified at this time because the parent's location has been unknown for more than a year," the filing said. "Defendants are unable to conclusively determine whether the parent is a class member, and records show the parent and child might be U.S. citizens."

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  DNA testing being done on separated migrant children and parents, official says DNA testing is being conducted as part of the process to reunite children who were separated from their parents at the border, a federal official with knowledge of the reunifications told CNN. "The safety and security is paramount and that it is not uncommon for children to be trafficked or smuggled by those claiming to be parents. To our knowledge this is a cheek swab and is being done to expedite parental verification and ensuring reunification with verified parents due to child welfare concerns," the official said.

The data was prepared by the Office of Refugee Resettlement, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services that takes custody of children who have been removed from migrant parents. Senior officials at the Department of Homeland Security, which processes migrants at the border

When a parent arrives at the border with a child , whether they are apprehended by Border Patrol or seek asylum at the port of entry, the administration separates the parent from the child and takes both into custody .

U.S. officials are scrambling to meet a court-ordered deadline to reunite 102 children under the age of 5 who have been separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.

According to DOJ attorneys, a total of 75 of the 102 children in custody of the Department of Health and Human Services are eligible for reunification. DOJ attorneys said they expect to reunify a total of 38 by Tuesday's deadline.

The Trump administration separated the families as part of its "zero tolerance" strategy to criminally prosecute all immigrants who cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally, including those who are seeking asylum.

Immigrant family separations: More than 2,500 immigrant kids are awaiting reunification .
The government gave the first indications in court Friday of how reunions of thousands more parents and children could go. There are about 2,551 kids age 5 and over in government custody who could be eligible for those reunions, officials wrote in a court filing Friday. The reunions of those children with their parents will occur in six to eight designated Immigration and Customs Enforcement facilities, according to the filing. And officials will use a new, streamlined vetting process to facilitate reunions by the court-ordered deadline of July 26, the filing says.

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