Among the other remaining question marks is whether authorities can streamline their vetting process for the migrant parents - which ACLU attorneys have described as needlessly cumbersome - and whether the government can pass along the locations migrant families will be released from custody, so that charity groups can more quickly offer them support. The government argued that the progress showed they were in compliance with the court order, even if the deadline was missed, but plaintiffs argued otherwise. The government has been conducting DNA tests of all alleged families to ensure that children are not being released to human smugglers.
The Annunciation House shelter in El Paso, Texas, was assisting four parents of children under 5 after their release from immigration detention, none of whom had reunited with their children as of Monday evening (Tuesday NZT), said Taylor Levy, legal coordinator.
About a week after Trump signed the order, U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw of San Diego ordered that all children be returned within 30 days. He also set July 26 as the deadline to reunite almost 3,000 children over age 5.
A day after dozens of parents were reunited with children who had been separated at the U.S. -Mexico border by immigration officials, the U.S. government faces a looming deadline to match another roughly 2,000 children with parents.
More than 2,000 children over the age of 5 remain separated from their parents. "My only goal is to have them with me; to have my children and then I will rethink everything again".
Trump stopped the separations before Sabraw's June 26 order that all children be reunited with their parents. On the call, officials said the parents had every opportunity to take their child with them when they were deported, but declined to do so.
Catholic Charities, which helped place some of the children in shelter facilities after their separation, held a news briefing in NY at which a handful of the reunited parents expressed relief after weeks of anxiety over the separations. "Defendants are unable to conclusively determine whether the parent is a class member, and records show the parent and child might be US citizens".
In New York, Javier Garrido Martinez spoke through tears Wednesday as he held his 4-year-old son, who fed a Dorito to his father as he sat on his lap. "Those were the worst days of my life".
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Last December, the Trump administration quietly reversed an Obama-era directive that prevented Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers from detaining pregnant women except in extreme cases, altering the policy to prevent holding only women in their third trimester. Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project, said the organization would decide Thursday "what remedies to recommend to the court for the non-compliance".
A different judge, in Los Angeles, on Monday dismissed as "dubious" and "unconvincing" the U.S. Justice Department's proposal to modify a 1997 settlement known as the Flores Agreement, which says that children can not be held in detention for long periods, irrespective of whether they're with their families.
Sabraw agreed that not all 103 children could be reunited and that certain cases are too complicated to complete within his deadlines. "Judges run the system and illegals and traffickers know how it works".
Lawyers representing two children being held in CT after being separated from their parents at the U.S. -Mexico border urged a federal judge Wednesday to reunite the minors with their parents as quickly as possible.
In a court hearing on Tuesday, Sabraw said he wouldn't extend the reunification deadline and that 63 other families should be reunited soon after Tuesday, The Huffington Post reported. One parent was suspected of child abuse; another was living in a household with another adult who had an outstanding warrant for criminal sexual abuse of a minor.
"These individuals had the opportunity to take the child with them when they were removed in the first place", Albence said.
The three fathers were "just holding them and hugging them and telling them that everything was fine and that they were never going to be separated again", immigration lawyer Abril Valdes said. He alleged that the parents only wanted all along for their kid to stay in the U.S., and that is why they agreed to leave without them.