Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

US Reunites Some Migrants With Parents

US Reunites Some Migrants With Parents

In this June 25 photo, a mother migrating from Honduras holds her 1-year-old child while surrendering to U.S. Border Patrol agents after illegally crossing the border, near McAllen, Texas.

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The government missed a deadline set by a federal judge to reunite all children under 5 years old with their parents by July 10. The ACLU would like a faster reunification process while the US government claims they are bound by strict protocols, such as a plan to DNA test every child and parent before a reunification can occur.

Hundreds of other families were separated after they crossed the USA border under Donald Trump's policy to deter immigration from Mexico.

One immigration advocate told Reuters she was still awaiting details on when two under-five children would be back with their parents.

A spokesperson for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in an email to CBS News that the child's parent is not now in ICE custody. He asked the government to return to court Friday to give an update on how many families had been reunited. Fabian said another 12 have parents in state or federal prison.

The American Civil Liberties Union, which is representing the parents in a class-action lawsuit, said USA officials "have not even tried" to return 12 children to parents who were deported, and said officials should have more quickly found eight parents who have been released in the United States.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said in a joint statement that the 57 reunifications show the government has done everything it can to comply with Sabraw's order.

That number is not surprising, but many are outraged over the separation of immigrant families. Thirty children will not be reunited by Tuesday, for a range of reasons. The child is now in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Refugee Resettlement.

Jennye Mariel Pagoada Lopez, 24, said one night she got so sick that a fellow detainee was forced to scream and wave at a security camera to get her help - but the officials who arrived still refused to get her to a doctor, despite her heavy bleeding.

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

However, Sabraw has not been pleased with the government's efforts.

The administration defended its screening, saying it discovered parents with serious criminal histories, five adults whose DNA tests showed they were not parents of the children they claimed to have, and one case of credible child abuse.

Seven adults were determined not to be the parents of the child they entered with.

The administration has also been ordered to reunite children aged between 5 and 17 by July 26. "Our position is the court has the authority to order the release of the parents in this case and reunify them with their children".

The lead-up to the Monday court appointment indicated the duress the Trump administration is now under in trying to swiftly reunite the families it has separated - and just how messy the situation has gotten. Children spend an average of 57 days in shelters before they're placed with a sponsor. They are expected to appear in immigration court.

Federal officials said they are reunifying as many children as they can and attributed delays to "legitimate logistical impediments" that make it "impossible or excusable" to meet the court's deadlines.

Part of the issue, administration officials said, is that the systems weren't set up to reunify parents with their children.

"DNA testing doesn't need to be done in every case", they said.

But the principal point of contention is likely to be the matter of eligibility: How did federal officials decide that more than three dozen children can not be safely returned to their parents at this time - and was that decision in line with the court's criteria?

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