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Immigrant parents misled by USA when they agreed to deportation: filing

Immigrant parents misled by USA when they agreed to deportation: filing

Other children's chants included "No hate, no fear, immigrants are welcome here!"

In Sabraw's court on July 26, administration officials reported several hundred parents have been released in the USA, and can't be found.

As of Tuesday, there were 1,012 parents reunified with their children in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody. Nielsen declined to comment to reporters as she left the closed-door meeting.

Some parents were deported while their children remain in United States detention, and in cases when separated children and parents both remained in the U.S., they were often housed across the country from each other, complicating reunification efforts.

For the last two weeks, children have been arriving steadily at ICE locations in Texas, Arizona and New Mexico to be reunited with parents. It's unclear, however, whether the attorneys will be able to obtain hearings before an immigration judge to reverse the deportations before the government carries them out. She soon spotted the 5-year-old approaching in a vehicle, a seatbelt over her chest.

"I am so happy because I have her close", Geronimo said through a translator.

Since their separation in late May, the girl had been at a shelter for immigrant minors in Chicago, while Oliveira was moved through facilities across Texas.

The US government lawyers say the kids were not eligible to be reunited with their parents.

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But almost three months after the family separation policy was formally implemented and exactly 30 days after a federal judge ordered the government to reunite the families it had fragmented in the process, immigration activists and legal aid workers are warning that the ongoing situation at the border remains nothing short of a disaster.

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ACLU attorney Lee Gelernt accused the government in a statement of "picking and choosing who is eligible for reunification" and said it would "hold the government accountable and get these families back together".

That number included 120 children whose parents declined to be reunited, 21 children whose parents had red flags in their background checks, 46 children who had a parent with a red flag for another reason, 79 children whose parents were released from government custody into the United States and could not be reunited, 431 children with parents who are no longer in the U.S., likely those who were deported. He also temporarily suspended deportations of families that have been reunited.

"This has really been something completely new to all of us", Bernard said.

Sabraw halted family deportations almost two weeks ago to hear more argument on the issue, and now he expects to rule on it over the weekend.

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. Sabraw issued a 14- day deadline to reunite children under 5 with their parents and 30 days for children 5 and older. Then, he continued, "families are being bused immediately to local organizations and charities". Well-established groups with powerful donor networks, such as the Refugee and Immigrant Centre for Education and Legal Services, known as RAICES, and Fwd.us, an advocacy group backed by tech entrepreneurs Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates, have raised tens of millions of dollars to pay for immigration court bonds and plane tickets.

Some parents faced the choice of whether to return to their country of origin as a family or leave their children in the USA to fight for asylum alone.

"They showed me a form and told me that I needed to sign the form so that I could be reunified with my son", said a Honduran asylum seeker identified only as H.G.A.in testimony filed in U.S. District Court in San Diego.

Non-profit groups were providing cash and transportation to help families get on their feet, Olivares said.

Others on social media, including journalists, also urged news outlets to recognize the plights of the 711 children who are still without their parents due to the actions of the Trump administration -and not treat the border crisis as one that has remotely been resolved.