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Dozens of immigrant children in the U.S. will be reunited with parents

Dozens of immigrant children in the U.S. will be reunited with parents

District Judge Dana Sabraw ordered the government to reunite all of the under-five children by Tuesday, and the older ones by July 26. "The Trump administration does not approach this mission lightly". A lawyer for the USA said that of the 102 children under five, the US has determined 54 will be rejoined with their families.

Speaking to reporters just before his flight to Europe for the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, Trump blamed his administration's failure to meet the court's deadline on the detained families themselves, saying the "solution" to the crisis he created is "don't come to our country illegally".

"If in fact 57 children have been reunited because of the lawsuit, we could not be more happy for those families". "Eliminating any one of these steps will endanger children".

One adult's location "has been unknown for over a year", the Trump administration said. Officials are now complaining that the immediacy of the deadline is not realistic given the stringent vetting process necessary to ensure that all of the children in government custody are returned to the proper caretakers. According to HHS, the screening has saved children from being put in potentially risky situations, including with adults have charges or convictions for child cruelty, kidnapping, murder, human smuggling, or domestic violence. Another planned to house the child with an adult charged with sexually abusing a child.

In a court hearing later on Tuesday, the administration gave additional details on the 51 children eligible for reunification, who had not yet been united with their families.

On June 26 - just days after Trump had signed an executive order terminating the policy - Sabraw ruled in the ACLU's favor, officially triggering the beginning of the reunification process. Of that group, they said, 34 parents had undergone and passed criminal background checks and DNA verification.

Federal officials have been scrambling to reunite the children under the deadline set by Sabraw.

The administration defended its screening, saying it discovered parents with serious criminal histories, five adults whose DNA tests showed they were not parents of the children they claimed to have, and one case of credible child abuse.




The zero-tolerance policy called for the criminal prosecution of anyone caught crossing the border illegally.

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.

Orihuela said that the government knows where both J.S.R. and V.F.B. are and knows where their parents are being held. Despite Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar's assurances that the government was on track to meet the dates laid out in the ruling, subsequent court filings showed that the Trump administration was seeking to push the deadline back.

It was the largest single effort to date to undo the effects of President Donald Trump's zero-tolerance policy of separating families who try to slip across the Mexican border into the U.S. It said it was reviewing the government statement and would comment later. They are given access to medical care and counselling, as well as school.

Almost two weeks after a judge ordered officials to reunite the families they'd split up, we only have a handful of anecdotal examples of kids and parents being brought back together.

The government has pushed back on the idea that screenings should be streamlined, although officials said they will comply with the judge's order.

Those children and their parents, Fabian said, will be released from custody instead of being held in family detention centers run by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.