Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

USA unlikely to reunite all immigrant families on time: ACLU

USA unlikely to reunite all immigrant families on time: ACLU

But more than 45 young children will remain in government custody away from family, including nine children whose parent was already deported, nine whose parent was released into the US and 12 whose parent is in criminal custody.

Health and Human Services has deployed 115 workers to "engage directly" with children in the custody of the Department of Homeland Security.

The group said the administration provided it with a list of 102 children under 5 years old who must be reunited by Tuesday under an order by U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw in San Diego.

Two such background checks have already found parents with charges of kidnapping/rape and child cruelty, according to the government. "You've taken a child from a parent".

As they look ahead to reunifications, parents hoping to be in touch with their children via telephone have been stymied by long wait times and high costs.

The motion also asks for clarification on the class of unauthorized immigrants that the order applies to, including whether it includes parents who have already been deported. However, parental relationships that can be verified more quickly through documentation and anecdotal means will be accepted to comply with the court order, he said. But since June 26, they've refused to specify how many kids from separated families remain in custody.

LabCorp, one of the largest providers of DNA testing to prove parentage, said it is not involved in the current testing of immigrant parents and children.

As Common Dreams reported, a federal judge ruled late last month that the Trump administration must reunite children under the age of five within 14 days and all of the almost 3,000 children it separated from their parents within 30 days.

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During the hearing the ACLU also accused the Trump administration of missing 10 children in its count of those in its custody aged newborn to five. The separations were in place from early May until Trump stopped the practice last month in the face of intense criticism. USA authorities confirmed through DNA testing on March 12 that the woman was the girl's mother and the two were reunited.

Immigrant children under 5 will be returned to their families. She said it has been more hard to reunite children when parents are outside government custody.

"I believe that they can still reunite some [more] individuals by tomorrow", Gelernt said Monday, according to the Post.

Why haven't officials released updated figures since then?

ICE is attempting to match many more parents to older children, who the judge said must be reunited within 30 days.

Immigration officials said they've relocated 23 parents to facilities that are closer to the HHS shelters where their children are staying. Daily Beast reports that "Sabraw initially asked the government to provide her with a list on the status of all the young children and their parents by 5 p.m Saturday" until the dog-sitting intervened.

But critics warn that very young children cannot give permission for such tests, which they say could ultimately be used for further monitoring, and that the policy shows the government never registered people properly when they were first detained.

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