Trump administration to ask for more time to reunite immigrant families

Fewer than half of child reunions will meet Tuesday's deadline ACLU says

Fewer than half of child reunions will meet Tuesday's deadline ACLU says

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.

Here's a look at some of the situations that families might face even after being reunited.

American Civil Liberties Union attorney Lee Gelernt told reporters he was "both pleased and disappointed" with the government's progress toward meeting the deadline. One child has still not had either of its parents identified.

The judge additionally asked for an update from the government on the reunification process by Thursday, Bloomberg reported. The rest of the children under 5 are expected to be reunited with their parents by July 26, attorneys said.

Numerous separated children are fleeing violence in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, and U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen met with diplomats from those countries in Guatemala on Tuesday to discuss U.S. immigration policies.

But Gelernt took issue with the administration's "continued insistence on using the longer reunification process" - procedures HHS uses for children who arrive to the United States alone. Children were scattered across the country to foster care or federally-overseen shelters. "Don't come to our country illegally", he said.

Trump reversed course on June 20 amid an global outcry and said families should remain together.

54 will be reunified by Tuesday; their parents are still in government custody and will be released with their children. "They will not remain in ICE custody".

As the family separation process got underway, the obstacles that the government was setting up for itself became evident.

And if they continue to drag on, what would you ask the judge to do in that instance? But as government employees would soon realize, they had their work cut out for them.

Government lawyers said Tuesday that USA officials will only be able to reunite 75 of 102 children under the age of 5 in the custody of Health and Human Services (HHS). A Honduran man killed himself in jail after officials took his son away.

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"We are seeing that people are opening up their homes", said Heidi Altman, director of policy for the National Immigrant Justice Center. Others, it said, were unable to prove the relationship.

Government lawyers said some reunions may not immediately be possible because parents have not been located or are still serving criminal sentences, such as for crossing the border illegally.

These provisions included DNA testing and background checks on unrelated people who might end up living in the same home as the reunited family.

Nine have parents who were removed already from the US.

Despite the progress over the weekend, a number of questions remained Monday.

The US administration will not meet a July 10 deadline to reunite all children under the age of five with their families.

On Friday, Fabian told the judge 101 children were under 5. "Our due diligence is protecting children", Meekins said. Fabian said, arguing their hands are tied by logistics.

Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores had no comment on the discrepancies in the numbers.

"Let me put it this way: I think the government in the last 48 hours ... has taken significant steps", Gelernt said.

I don't anticipate them dragging on.

"We just don't know how much effort the government has made to find released parents", he said.

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