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Offbeat U.S. must convince judge it has reunited migrants under 5

17:04  12 july  2018
17:04  12 july  2018 Source:   reuters.com

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U . S . government must reunite 63 children under the age of five who were separated by immigration officials after crossing into the United States from Mexico as soon as Tuesday or face penalties, a federal judge said.

Immigration officials separated the families after they had crossed into the United States from Mexico. U . S . Judge Dana Sabraw in San Diego told government attorneys that he was sticking with reunion deadlines he set last month, when he ordered children under 5 to be reunited Tuesday and another 2

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The U.S. government must convince a judge on Thursday that it has complied with a court order for reuniting the youngest migrant children who were separated from their parents by U.S. officials after they crossed the U.S.-Mexico border.

The government has until 3 p.m. PDT (2200 GMT) on Thursday to explain to U.S. Judge Dana Sabraw in San Diego how many children still must be reunited with their parents and to inform him if it met Tuesday's deadline for reuniting children under five.

On Wednesday night, a government official said all children under five who were eligible for reunification would be with their parents by Thursday morning.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which sued the government over its separation policies, questioned that assertion. “Their statement is vague at a minimum," said attorney Lee Gelernt. "We know they missed the deadline.”

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Sabraw has asked the ACLU to propose penalties in the event he finds the deadline was missed.

The judge in June ordered the government to reunite by Tuesday the youngest children separated from their parents and all children by July 26.

Javier, a 30 year old from Honduras, holds his 4 year old son William during a media availability in New York after they were reunited after being separated for 55 days following their detention at the Texas border, U.S., July 11, 2018. © Lucas Jackson Javier, a 30 year old from Honduras, holds his 4 year old son William during a media availability in New York after they were reunited after being separated for 55 days following their detention at the Texas border, U.S., July 11, 2018. The two sides will return to court on Friday to map out steps for reuniting the remaining children, who comprise the bulk of those separated. Sabraw earlier this week called that effort "a significant undertaking."

The government has said it is taking care to ensure children are safe by checking parents' criminal history, testing DNA to prove family relationships and reviewing adults for their suitability as a caregiver.

The ACLU has said none of those steps would be necessary if the government had never separated the families in the first place.

The government adopted its family separation policy as part of a broader effort to discourage illegal immigration earlier this year. The Trump administration buckled to intense political pressure and abandoned the policy in June.

Not all the migrant families who were separated at the border entered the country illegally. (Reporting by Tom Hals Editing by Noeleen Walder and Lisa Shumaker)

Migrant rescue boat arrives in Spain after rejection by Italy and Malta .
A humanitarian rescue boat carrying 60 migrants rescued off Libya docked in Barcelona on Wednesday.Spain's new Socialist prime minister, Pedro Sanchez, had offered for the second time in a month to take in migrants rejected by Italy and Malta, which where both closer.

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