Just 38 children guaranteed to be reunified by border separation deadline

Pauline Gross
July 12, 2018

The pair were detained at a facility in Texas before J.S.R. was brought to CT.

In New York, attorney Michael Avenatti- the lawyer best known for representing the porn actress Stormy Daniels- said it took two tries plus a series of tweets Wednesday before he was allowed to see two Honduran girls, ages 9 and 5, who were separated from their family at the border in June, and sent to New York. And remember this: "without borders you do not have a country". Afterwards, the ACLU expanded its suit on behalf of the other parents and children the government planned to imminently separate. "And that child may be separated from you, as required by law".

"Both of these children suffer from PTSD and my recommendation would be reunification with their parents as expeditiously as possible", testified Dr. Andres Martin, director of medicine at Yale New Haven Children's Hospital.

Four have already been reunited with some family, while 34 others should be reunited by the end of the day, the government said.

"The reunification should be in a place with support, freedom and all the trappings of a normal life", Martin said. Under Trump's executive order ending the separation of families at the border, the revised procedure was to detain children alongside their parents until the families' immigration proceedings were complete - a process that can take months.

In a court hearing later on Tuesday, the administration gave additional details on the 51 children eligible for reunification, who had not yet been united with their families.

"The proposal in that order is not to wait to reunite those families until then", Orihuela argued. The 30-day deadline is up July 26.

On Tuesday, with the court-mandated deadline looming, the government responded.

One of them might be a child of a USA citizen, the Justice Department acknowledged Tuesday when it notified a federal judge about the progress being made to complete more than 100 reunions. Officials are now complaining that the immediacy of the deadline is not realistic given the stringent vetting process necessary to ensure that all of the children in government custody are returned to the proper caretakers.

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The administration additionally lost in an attempt to overturn a 1997 court precedent that says minors can not be held for more than 20 days.

"In the moments before coming to court today, we learned of the plans for reunification by July 26", McConaghy said. While parents were criminally prosecuted, children were placed in custody of the Health and Human Services Department. The ACLU identified him as a 3-year-old boy.

The Trump administration confirmed on Monday that it will not meet the deadline set by a federal judge for reuniting parents with their young children. It took five days for a medical professional to perform an exam without an ultrasound, and two days after that to tell her she had miscarried.

Ahead of Wednesday's hearing, dozens of activists arrived outside of the courthouse in Bridgeport.

More than 2000 children were separated from their parents by US immigration authorities at the border this spring before US President Donald Trump reversed course on June 20 amid an worldwide outcry.

Staff members at a nonprofit organization that has been housing numerous youngest children 'made sure every backpack was full and every child got a hug and a goodbye, ' Southwest Key CEO Juan Sanchez said.

Vanessa Suarez, an organizer of the rally, said the children in CT and across the nation deserve better treatment from the government.

The government is unaware of the location of the parent of one child, who according to a court filing may be a US citizen ― meaning he or she should not be in custody as a purported unauthorized immigrant.

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