Migrant families: 463 migrant parents 'no longer in US'

by Garry Watts July 28, 2018, 2:45
Migrant families: 463 migrant parents 'no longer in US'

On Friday, family attorneys are to begin turning their attention to those who weren't reunited - parents who had a criminal record, parents who were no longer in the USA and children who were handed over to other sponsors, Gelernt said.

What about the families deemed "not eligible" for reunification?

The ACLU's Gelernt said tracking the deported parents down would be "an enormous task". However, only 1,442 of these children had been reunified with their families under Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody, while 378 others were released "in other appropriate circumstances".

The government and the group that brought the lawsuit, the American Civil Liberties Union, have disagreed over some of the points of eligibility and what was required to meet the court's deadline.

79 children whose parents who were released from custody and into the U.S.

Some children who had not seen their parents in weeks or months seemed stoic and slow to accept that they would not be abandoned again.

Lisa Frydman, vice-president of regional policies and initiatives for advocacy group Kids in Need of Defense (Kind), said: "Kids are really confused, had major trust violations, and some of them are angry at their parents because they think it was their fault".

"We have many reasons to be proud", Scott Stewart, an attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, told the judge in court on Tuesday.

Vanita Gupta, president of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, was among the rights advocates who expressed outrage over the administration's failure to meet its obligations after separating the families. Another 94 children had parents whose locations were under review and 7 children were impacted by a separate court case. "We have not been able to locate the children and we are mentioning them as an example of how there are children who have been placed in this black hole of reunification", Odom said.

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Jose, a migrant father from Guatemala is separated from his 16-year-old daughter at the border.

ACLU attorneys have been pushing the government for a list of these parents, and in Monday's court filing called for the administration to give them an updated list.

"The fundamental flaw of family detention is not just the risk posed by the conditions of confinement-it's the incarceration of innocent children itself", the doctors wrote.

But, by focusing only those deemed by the government to be "eligible" for reunification, authorities are expected to claim success. Some parents, for example, were not reunited due to their criminal history, the government said. ACLU wants additional information on this age group as well. "The government should not be getting applause for cleaning up their own mess, but moreover, they're still not meeting the deadline for all the families".

Jose Dolores Munoz, 36, from El Salvador, was reunited with his 7-year-old daughter last Friday, almost two months after they were separated. "It's clear from early on in this process parents were being deported with no reference and no attempt or no choice to be reunified with their children", Brané said.

Late last month, Sabraw ordered a nationwide halt to family separations, which President Donald Trump effectively did on his own amid an worldwide outcry. A court hearing was scheduled for Thursday. US officials have said they want parents to make a decision to leave the country with or without their children within 48 hours of being reunited.

On a parallel legal front over treatment of immigrant children, U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee in Los Angeles will be asked Friday to appoint a special monitor to oversee detention facilities.

On July 17, two Department of Homeland Security consulting medical experts submitted a letter to the U.S. Senate Whistleblower Caucus calling on Congress to stop plans to dramatically expand family detention.

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