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Offbeat Reunification of migrant toddlers, parents should be completed Thursday

06:10  12 july  2018
06:10  12 july  2018 Source:   cnn.com

Feds can't find moms and dads of 38 migrant children under age 5

  Feds can't find moms and dads of 38 migrant children under age 5 The parents of 19 young children were already deported, and the whereabouts of parents of another 19 are unknown.In a status hearing with U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw of the Southern District of California, who ordered the reunification, government lawyers said the Health and Human Services Department would only be able to reunify about half of approximately 100 children under the age of 5 by the court-ordered deadline of July 10.

Immigration authorities have offered little information about reunification or what comes next. Lawyers have described migrant toddlers clambering on court desks during hearings, forced to appear in court alone while their parents are detained.

Immigration authorities have offered little information about reunification or what comes next. Lawyers have described migrant toddlers clambering on court desks during hearings, forced to appear in court alone while their parents are detained.

Ever Reyes Mejia, of Honduras, carries his son to a vehicle after being reunited and released by United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Grand Rapids, Mich., Tuesday, July 10, 2018. Two boys and a girl who had been in temporary foster care in Grand Rapids were reunited with their Honduran fathers after they were separated at the U.S.-Mexico border about three months ago. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) © Paul Sancya/AP Ever Reyes Mejia, of Honduras, carries his son to a vehicle after being reunited and released by United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Grand Rapids, Mich., Tuesday, July 10, 2018. Two boys and a girl who had been in temporary foster care in Grand Rapids were reunited with their Honduran fathers after they were separated at the U.S.-Mexico border about three months ago. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

The Trump administration is expected to reunite the bulk of the youngest migrant children separated from their parents at the border by Thursday.

"We anticipate that, as of the early morning on July 12, we will have reunified all children under age 5 who are eligible under the court order for reunification with parents in the United States," an administration official said.

Immigrant family separations: More than 2,500 immigrant kids are awaiting reunification

  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.

The government has said some children were not eligible for reunification because the parent was Related Coverage. All children under five will be reunified with parents by Thursday : U.S. official. “I’ve asked the government for numbers and they should have told me by now,” he told Reuters.

“Children should never be detained for reasons related to their own or their parents ’ migration status. The A.C.L.U. has filed a class-action lawsuit in federal court in San Diego, calling for a halt to the practice and for reunification of families.

The reunions -- ordered nationwide last month by a federal judge in San Diego -- have come in piecemeal tranches this week, as the government has scrambled to pinpoint the children eligible for return to their parents.

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US District Judge Dana Sabraw originally ordered all children under 5 reunited by July 10. The government initially identified 102 children who fell in that category, but the number has slightly decreased in recent days, as Sabraw's order has essentially functioned as a judicially mandated audit of the morass of systems used by different federal agencies.

The Justice Department told Sabraw on Tuesday officials had found that some parents were unfit for reunification because they had criminal histories, some had already been deported and still others had not yet been located. The administration uncovered one case in which the "parent's location has been unknown for more than a year," according to a recent court filing.

Toddlers dangling from second-floor ledge make it to safety

  Toddlers dangling from second-floor ledge make it to safety Authorities say they are investigating the case of two toddlers seen dangling and later rescued from a second floor ledge of a Chicago apartment building. Video of the Tuesday incident show people standing with outstretched hands prepared to catch the diapered toddlers. One of the toddlers eventually crawled back inside, and a man brought in a ladder to rescue the other. The children weren't hurt. Police responding to the call say the unidentified children were home with their mother at the time .Illinois Department of Children and Family Services officials say the children have been placed with relatives pending an investigation.

In the submitted documents explaining the status of the migrant children who were separated from their parents upon arriving in the U.S. under the "zero The documents show that 26 children have been determined "not eligible for reunification ," citing reasons like parents with "serious criminal history"

EL PASO, Texas — As an initial deadline for the Trump administration to reunify separated migrant families arrived Tuesday, desperate parents said they still had no idea Of the remaining children under 5, only 51 have parents in ICE custody and are eligible for reunification , according to the filing.

The judge has acknowledged that after further investigation some parents may not fall within the class of those eligible for reunification with children at this point, but he reiterated to the Justice Department at a court hearing Tuesday that the timetables he had ordered for reunifying families were "firm deadlines, not aspirational goals."

As a result, he told the Trump administration, he expected that 63 children would be reunited with parents by Tuesday's deadline, a number that includes four who had been reunited beforehand.

The administration said Tuesday that it had completed 38 of those reunions, including the four done previously. Another 12 parents may be eligible for reunions but have already been deported. They may be reunited with children once they are located and contacted.

Whether the American Civil Liberties Union, which had filed the lawsuit against the administration over separated migrant families, will raise concerns about any individual outstanding cases before the next court hearing Friday remains to be seen. But thus far, the ACLU has not asked the judge for anything other than to keep the government on a tight leash with regular hearings and deadlines.

The looming and perhaps more significant question is how the administration will handle the much larger group of children 5 and older who are required to be reunited by July 26.

On that front, the judge has noted "there is a lot of work to do" on the older group of children and has ordered the Justice Department to provide an update Thursday on how many need to be reunited with parents.

Key GOP senator unloads on Homeland Security for handling of separated immigrant families .
Senate Homeland Security Chairman Ron Johnson voiced deep frustration at the Department of Homeland Security's handling of separated families at the southern border, saying the lack of progress in steps to reunite children with their parents "boggles my mind." "We're not making progress in terms of reunification," Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican, told CNN on Monday, labeling the government's "lack of information" as "unsatisfactory.

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