Offbeat Feds won't say if they will reunite migrant kids with deported parents

19:27  12 july  2018
19:27  12 july  2018 Source:   nbcnews.com

Feds can't find moms and dads of 38 migrant children under age 5

  Feds can't find moms and dads of 38 migrant children under age 5 The parents of 19 young children were already deported, and the whereabouts of parents of another 19 are unknown.In a status hearing with U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw of the Southern District of California, who ordered the reunification, government lawyers said the Health and Human Services Department would only be able to reunify about half of approximately 100 children under the age of 5 by the court-ordered deadline of July 10.

Fabian did not disclose where the reunions would take place. As for most of the rest of the under-5 children who have yet to reunited with their families, Fabian said that their parents have already been released into the U.S., have been deported , or are behind bars on criminal charges.

A lawyer for the Justice Department told the court Friday that 19 parents of children who are under the age of 5 have been deported . Trump Administration Says It Needs More Time to Reunite Migrant Families.

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WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has reunited 57 migrant children under age 5 with their parents as of Thursday morning, one day after the court ordered deadline, but 12 parents who have been deported remain separated from their young children.

Asked if deported parents would see their kids again, officials from the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Health and Human Services told reporters they are under "no obligation to bring people who have no lawful status in this country back into this country for reunification."

The administration's reluctance could be a point of contention on Friday when a federal judge overseeing the reunification of nearly 3,000 migrant families meets with government and ACLU attorneys.

Judge Dana Sabraw of the Southern District of California told government attorneys last Friday and again on Monday that deported parents are part of the class represented in the lawsuit and must be reunited with their children by the court's deadline.

58 children reunited as government reconnects families

  58 children reunited as government reconnects families Fifty-eight immigrant children under the age of 5 have been reunited with their parents after being separated at the border, the Trump administration said in a Thursday evening filing. That was one more than the government had announced earlier in the day. The new tally comes as part of a class action lawsuit the American Civil Liberties Union filed against the administration.Though the deadline for reuniting children under 5 has passed, in two weeks the government will need to reunite thousands more children aged 5 to 17 to meet the judge's next deadline.

READ MORE: Some migrant children reunited with parents as Trump officials fight to extend detentions. The government has said some children were not eligible for reunification because the parent was deported , had a criminal record or was otherwise unfit.

Image: Children are escorted to the Cayuga Center, which provides foster care and other services to immigrant children separated from their families, in New YorkChildren are escorted to the Cayuga Center, which provides foster care and other services to immigrant children separated from their families, in New York City on July 10, 2018. © Provided by NBCU News Group, a division of NBCUniversal Media LLC Image: Children are escorted to the Cayuga Center, which provides foster care and other services to immigrant children separated from their families, in New YorkChildren are escorted to the Cayuga Center, which provides foster care and other services to immigrant children separated from their families, in New York City on July 10, 2018. The federal government has until July 26 to reunite the remaining children, aged 5-17, and many more of their parents are expected to have been deported.

Parents on the verge of deportation are given the option between leaving the country with their children or without them. Many chose to leave without their children in order to give them a chance at asylum in the United States.

"If those parents want their children to go return with them, which again they had that opportunity once, we are working with consular officials and the foreign governments to provide information to help facilitate that, but we don't have the legal authority to bring them back into the country for the reunification purposes," said Chris Meekins of HHS.

Other children under 5 have not been reunited because the adults claiming to be their parents either did not pass a DNA test or have criminal records.

Of 11 parents found to have a serious criminal history, some had charges or convictions of child cruelty, kidnapping and murder. But others had lesser charges, such as driving under the influence. The officials declined multiple requests by reporters on a conference call and in writing for more details on the criminal background preventing parents from being reunified with their children.

Typically, a DUI would not be grounds for separating a U.S. citizen from his or her child, but the officials told reporters this immigrant was sent to jail and, as a result, has been deemed ineligible for reunification.

58 children reunited as government reconnects families .
Fifty-eight immigrant children under the age of 5 have been reunited with their parents after being separated at the border, the Trump administration said in a Thursday evening filing. That was one more than the government had announced earlier in the day. The new tally comes as part of a class action lawsuit the American Civil Liberties Union filed against the administration.Though the deadline for reuniting children under 5 has passed, in two weeks the government will need to reunite thousands more children aged 5 to 17 to meet the judge's next deadline.

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