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700+ Migrant Families Still Separated as Reunification Deadline Passes

28 July 2018

"The government is at fault for losing several hundred parents in the process and that's where we go next" in the process, Sabraw said.

For months, federal immigration officials along the 268-mile stretch of border that separates New Mexico and West Texas from Mexico had been testing a policy of separating migrant parents from their children.

That's the number of families the government has already reunited, officials said at a status hearing Tuesday.

Among those who remain apart from their children is Lourdes de Leon of Guatemala.

A mother migrating from Honduras holds her 1-year-old child as she surrenders to U.S. Border Patrol agents after illegally crossing the border, near McAllen, Texas. The Office of Refugee Resettlement is an agency of department.

The government said 64 parents didn't qualify to be reunited with their children because they had significant criminal histories or were otherwise "deemed ineligible".

As of Tuesday - before the latest figures were announced - the US Department of Health and Human Services had in its custody 11,500 children classified as unaccompanied aliens, mainly minors who entered without an adult. "The overall first guiding principle is the safety of these children". "It would be hard to expect that number of agencies to seamlessly coordinate a family reunification effort".

Of those found ineligible, 431 children have parents who are no longer in the U.S.

The American Civil Liberties Union put out a statement on Thursday, which read, "These parents and children have lost valuable time together that can never be replaced". The ACLU attorneys asked the judge for an order to ensure that happens. That chaos not only endangers them, but their kids as well, parents said. Others also said the forms were hard to understand due to a language barrier or misinformation from immigration officials.

It is unclear how the government will handle these children's cases.

Noting that asylum seekers at the border mostly hail from violence-torn El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, a United Nations press release added, Trump's policies "effect on children and their families is devastation reserved largely for indigenous and other non-white migrants".

46 children whose parents who have "red flags" resulting from an unspecified "case file review". Those children were reunited with 879 parents who were still in immigration detention when the government was ordered to put the families back together.

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700+ Migrant Families Still Separated as Reunification Deadline Passes

ACLU has signaled that it will start focusing on families that remain separated outside this court order.

About 1,400 children of some 2,500 separated from their parents at the U.S.

Among this group are also 40 children with no discernable parental information, name or location attached.

The government worked past the two-week deadline given by the judge to reunite the toddlers with their parents and then began on the larger, older group.

Last month Judge Sabraw ordered the government to return children under the age of five to their parents by July 10 and those between five and 17 by July 26.

The futures of their children remain uncertain.

To be super clear: just over half of separated kids have been reunited by the deadline to reunite them all.

Further updates are expected at Thursday's hearing.

On July 16, Sabraw, ordered a temporary halt to deportations of families to give them more up to least a week to decide their options once they're reunified.

The government deemed over 400 parents ineligible for reunification because they are not in the USA, and have nearly certainly already been deported.

The government, however, has argued for a shorter waiting period, saying the proposed extension of time by the ACLU would strap the already limited bed space at the country's detention centers and cost taxpayers an estimated $319 per day for each detained family member.

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700+ Migrant Families Still Separated as Reunification Deadline Passes