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USA judge extends deadline for reuniting migrant children

USA judge extends deadline for reuniting migrant children

Facing a court-imposed deadline on Tuesday, the USA government has said it expects to have reunited 54 young children and parents separated by immigration officials after crossing into the United States from Mexico.

"T$3 he court does appear to acknowledge that parents who cross the border will not be released and must choose between remaining in family custody with their children pending immigration proceedings or requesting separation from their children so the child may be placed with a sponsor", he said. Today's secretive reunification operation will be overseen by the Department of Homeland Security and will involve transporting the children hundreds of miles across the country to undisclosed locations.

They are among more than 2,300 children split up from their families as a effect of the "zero tolerance" practice that saw their parents prosecuted for illegally crossing the border, even if they did so to seek asylum.

All parties are expected to be back in court on Monday at 10 a.m. PDT (1 p.m. EDT) in San Diego, where next steps will be discussed, the ACLU said. In the courtroom, they expressed openness to collaborating on several issues, including searching for parents who have been removed from the USA and double-checking the criminal records.

The court ordered separated children older than age 5 be reunited with their parents by July 26.

Nevertheless, the government, in its Tuesday "Joint Status Report" notes that in at least 14 of the 102 children's cases, they will not be "reuniting" them with parents because the adults in question are either not actually their parents, have been convicted of serious crimes, including rape and murder, or have been credibly accused of child abuse.

After public outcry and a court challenge by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Trump stopped separating families last month. Two children have already been reunited with their parents, lawyers said.

Abril Valdez of the ACLU of MI said the government was "vague" on the time and place of the reunifications that could come on Tuesday (Wednesday NZT) for two Honduran men he represents. They come amid a tide of national and worldwide outrage over such young children being taken from their parents.

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Ten of the children were ineligible for family reunification because their parent was in the "custody of U.S. Marshals Service" or "state or county custody".

In this photo June 17 photo provided by US Customs and Border Protection, people who've been taken into custody related to cases of illegal entry into the United States, rest in one of the cages at an immigration centre in McAllen, Texas.

For the parents and children who have been brought back together, thecelebrations may be short-lived. "They want to punish these families who are here and deter others from coming". The first is to return to the Obama administration policy of releasing and monitoring families while they await deportation proceedings.

In total, the authorities are holding around 11,800 minors who crossed the border illegally. But he said those who remain split from their parents are "in for a long process".

Gelernt said he was "extremely disappointed" that the government is not going to be able to reunite eligible families right away, but said he was "pleased" with the progress in the reunifications.

The government on Friday asked for an extension of the deadline, saying it needed more time to find and confirm the identities of the children and parents.

The hearing only covered the roughly 100 children under the age of 5 who were separated from their parents under the administration's "zero tolerance" border prosecution policy.


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