USNearly 200 migrant children are still separated from their parents because of Trump's 'zero-tolerance' policy

06:05  07 december  2018
06:05  07 december  2018 Source:   nydailynews.com

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The Trump administration Wednesday reversed a policy of separating families at the border, which had meant children were held at detention Since early May, 2,342 children have been separated from their parents after crossing the Southern U. S . border, according to the Department of

President Trump has faced immense political pressure to end the separation of migrant families at the border. Stories of children being taken from their parents , audio of wailing Until Wednesday, Mr. Trump had refused to simply end his government’ s zero - tolerance policy that was announced

Nearly 200 migrant children are still separated from their parents because of Trump's 'zero-tolerance' policy© Adrees Latif/Reuters Migrant families, part of a caravan of thousands from Central America, look to cross the border into the United States from Tijuana, Mexico November 25, 2018. Dozens of migrant children remain separated from their loved ones because of President Donald Trump's family-shattering "zero-tolerance" policy, the government acknowledged in a court filing Thursday.

As of Nov. 29, 173 children torn from their parents and relatives because of zero tolerance were still in federal custody, Justice Department lawyers said in a status update filed at southern California's U.S. District Court.

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Children would be separated from their parents if the families had been apprehended entering the “Ripping children out of their parents ’ arms to inflict harm on the child to influence the parents ,” he The situation was even more complicated when children were involved. A 2008 law meant to combat

Some 500 children have been separated from their parents in the past month under the Trump administration' s zero - tolerance policy to refer anyone caught crossing the border illegally for federal prosecution, according to count by a federal public defender in Texas.

Eight of the minors are "not eligible" for reunification because their parents are either in federal custody or outside of the U.S., according to the government lawyers.

The lawyers said another 102 children have parents whose "intent" is "not to reunify;" 30 have parents who pose a "danger" to them and 33 were not separated by the government.

Even though Trump rescinded zero tolerance in June amid international outrage, the administration has struggled to reunify the separated kids with their families.

U.S. District Court Judge Dana Sabraw ordered the government had to reunite all migrant families affected by zero tolerance by July 26. The government failed to meet the deadline and has since scrambled to reunite the shattered families.

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nearly 2,000 children away from their parents in a six-week period ending last month, as part of a new “zero But Mr. Trump has steadfastly tried to deflect blame for the separation of children from their zero tolerance policy that has led to immigrant children being separated from their parents .

"Those kids inside who have been separated from their parents are already being traumatised," Senator Merkley warned. "It doesn't matter The head of the Tahirih Justice Centre in Houston said she had seen cases where parents had not been told ahead of time that their child was being taken

The American Civil Liberties Union, which filed the lawsuit resulting in the government being ordered to reunify the split up families, hinted in Thursday's status update that it would like to see Sabraw punish the administration over the latest delay.

"This Court has broad equitable authority to order any relief it deems just and proper to remedy the harms caused by Defendants' violations of constitutional rights," ACLU attorneys said in the filing.

The zero-tolerance policy, which was announced in May and reversed in June, instructed officials to criminally prosecute all illegal border crossings, resulting in adults being taken into federal custody while any accompanying children were placed in the care of the Department of Health and Human Services.

More than 2,400 children were torn from their families before Trump begrudgingly signed an executive order ending the practice.

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