World Half of Migrants Under 5 Are Reunited With Parents, U.S. Says

23:51  12 july  2018
23:51  12 july  2018 Source:   msn.com

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The federal government said Monday in court that it would be able to reunite at least half of the children under five years of age who were separated from their parents at the U . S .-Mexico border in the “zero tolerance” crackdown on illegal immigration. About 100 migrant children under five years of

said it has completed its reunification process of separated migrant children under the age of 5 , with 46 deemed ineligible to be reunited with their parents . The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) previously said the government is only on track to reunite less than half of the children aged under

a group of people standing next to a fence: Mirce Alva Lopez, 31, with her 3-year-old son, Adan, at the bus station in Phoenix this week after being reunited.© Victor J. Blue for The New York Times Mirce Alva Lopez, 31, with her 3-year-old son, Adan, at the bus station in Phoenix this week after being reunited. Nearly half of the 103 migrant children younger than 5 who had been separated from their parents at the border remain stuck in shelters across the country, Trump administration officials acknowledged Thursday.

The officials said on a morning call with reporters that the administration had reunited 57 of the children, complying with a judicial order to reunify all eligible migrants under 5 with their parents. The other 46 were “ineligible” for return, they said.

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Migrants under the age of five to be reunited with their parents or guardians in US. The government has said the delays stem from the time it takes to run background checks, confirm parentage and locate parents released from detention.

Of those, 22 could not be released because their parents have criminal backgrounds or because the officials had determined the child was not related to the person with whom they had crossed the U.S.-Mexico border. One of them has a communicable disease that prevented reunification.

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U.S. District Judge Dana M. Sabraw of the Federal District Court of San Diego had set Tuesday as the deadline to return migrant children under 5 to their parents, part of a broader effort to reunite families separated by the Trump administration’s much-criticized “zero-tolerance” policy.

Nearly 3,000 older children also remain in government-licensed facilities or in foster homes as the government scrambles to meet court-imposed deadlines to release them to their parents.

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Two dozen of the 103 young migrants could not be returned for reasons other than safety concerns. Twelve had parents who have been deported; others are in the custody of the United States Marshals Service, likely for entering the country illegally, and in jail for other offenses, which the government did not reveal.

The government did not specifically address how it would reunite the families in which the parents have already been deported. But the officials said they would not allow the parents to re-enter the country to recover their children.

“We don’t have the legal authority to bring these individuals back into the country for reunification purposes,” said Matthew Albence, executive director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations, the detention and deportation division.

In the worst-case scenario, children who are not reunited with their parents could become wardens of the state and put up for adoption.

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A list provided by the government suggests that fewer than half the migrant children younger than 5 years old who have been forcibly separated from their parents will be reunited with their families by Tuesday, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said .

The 57 reunifications occurred after Judge Sabraw pressed for faster action when the government said it would miss his deadline. He said Tuesday’s deadline to reunify the younger children and a second for July 26 to reunite the older children were “firm deadlines, not aspirational goals.”

He asked the American Civil Liberties Union to track the administration’s progress and suggested that the government could face sanctions if it failed to meet the deadlines. The pace of reunions picked up Wednesday, and administration officials said late in the day that all eligible children would be handed over to a parent by Thursday.

“It will be a pretty tall order to repeat this exercise with thousands more kids,” said Kay Bellor, vice president for programs at Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, which was tapped by the government to assist families who have been reunited.

Reuniting the families also has been challenging for logistical reasons.

Many children were sent to facilities thousands of miles away from their parents, and some are too young or scared to provide accurate information about their parents or their journeys.

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deadline, cover a little more than half of the youngest children — those younger than 5 — who had been separated from their families under a Trump administration plan to slow the flood of migrants to the Other parents have criminal records that prevent the families from being reunited , Fabian said .

In New York, Phoenix and other cities where reunions took place this week, authorities had flown in parents from around the country.

Lee Gelernt, a lawyer for the A.C.L.U., which is suing the government over family separations, said that the organization remained in the dark about the identities of the 12 parents who have been removed from the country.

a group of people standing next to a child: Migrants from Central America arriving at the bus station in McAllen, Tex., after being released from government detention in June.© Todd Heisler/The New York Times Migrants from Central America arriving at the bus station in McAllen, Tex., after being released from government detention in June.

He said the government needed to disclose the names and locations of the deported parents to enable the A.C.L.U, advocacy groups and immigration attorneys to contact them and help them reunite with their children.

“We shouldn’t be in this situation,” said Mr Gelernt, adding, “These parents can’t lose their children.”

Mr Gelernt also said that the A.C.L.U. would be studying the case of every parent whom the government had barred from recovering a child.

“They are still entitled to reunification as long as their criminal conviction does not bear on their fitness as a parent,” he said. “It will be on a case-by-case basis.”

To speed up the reunions, the government is expected to no longer insist on fingerprinting all adults in a household where a child would live, or require home visits by a social worker. Instead, the authorities will release children to a parent once a familial tie has been established, provided the parent or guardian does not have a criminal record.

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About 3,000 children were separated from their parents by the Trump administration under a “zero-tolerance” border-enforcement program that resulted in the criminal prosecutions of their parents for illegal entry. The children were removed from their parents, with whom they had crossed the border, and placed in dozens of government-licensed shelters and foster care homes across the country while their parents remained in detention.

Of the older migrants, the officials would not say Thursday how many would be ineligible to be reunited with their families.

“We’re not going to get ahead of our interactions with plaintiffs on this issue,” said Chris Meekins, chief of staff for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the Department of Health and Human Services.

Most of the families separated from their children said they were fleeing gang or domestic violence in Central America and planned to seek asylum in the United States.

It has been one month since Mario, a migrant from Honduras, was separated from his daughter, Fabiola, 10. He was released from immigration detention on June 23. He has since delivered a plethora of documents to authorities to prove parentage but so far has not recovered his child.

“I am in bad shape because, when I was released, I was told I would be reunited with her,” he said.

Having heard that the government had started turning over younger children to parents, he said, “I ask God that soon I will also be reunited with my daughter. I hope to experience this joy soon.”

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LOS ANGELES — Fewer than half of the migrant children under the age of 5 who were forcibly separated from their parents at the border are likely to be reunited by a court-imposed deadline, the American Civil Liberties Union said Monday after spending the weekend conferring with government

(Reuters) - All migrant children under age 5 who were separated at the U . S .-Mexico border will have been reunited with their parents by early Thursday morning if they were eligible, a Trump administration official said in a statement on Wednesday.

Last month President Trump ended the policy of separating families amid outcry from the public and political leaders on both sides of the aisle. But his executive order on June 20 did not outline steps for reunification, leaving intact a series of requirements that had to be met before a child could be released to a sponsor or parent.

Indeed, shortly before the government officially announced its zero-tolerance policy in May, it issued a memorandum setting stringent new rules for vetting parents, relatives and others who wished to recover a child from government custody.

Among other things, the memo said that the Department of Health and Human Services, which is responsible for the minors, must collect the name, date of birth, address, fingerprint and identification of a potential sponsor, who might be the parent, and of “all adult members in the potential sponsor’s household.” Administration officials said the measures were intended to protect the children from trafficking.

The A.C.L.U. argued in court that the lengthy procedures were unnecessary, given that the parents had already been fingerprinted at the border and that the children had been forcibly removed from them.

Stories of frustration played out across the country as parents faced lengthy bureaucratic hurdles as they tried to recover their children.

Often the adults were released from detention, only to realize that it would be weeks before their children could rejoin them, leaving the minors parked in government facilities. At least two Brazilian mothers sued the government in federal court and won orders for the release of their children from shelters and into their custody. More recently, other mothers have also filed suit to recover their children.

Still, government lawyers said Monday that they needed more time to “safely reunite families.” The Health and Human Services Department must follow procedures that are “time-consuming,” the government told the court.

The chaotic and slow reunions prompted the judge to push Tuesday for faster releases, ultimately forcing the government to change course.

Advocates said they began seeing signs that the administration would waive the requirements on Wednesday: Many young children were released to their parents despite the fact that the adults had not fulfilled previously stipulated steps, like fingerprinting. The government performed DNA tests on some, but not all, of them, some advocates said.

Since learning that the requirements would be streamlined, “we have been strategizing all night, putting our ducks in a row to get parents who are already out of detention to their kids,” said Taylor Levy, legal coordinator at Annunciation House, a nonprofit in El Paso that offers temporary accommodation for migrants.

Ms Levy said she expected two migrant parents, who were staying just blocks from the shelter where their children were being housed, to be reunited with them as early as Thursday. They had been waiting for several weeks for background checks, including fingerprint processing, to be completed.

“Finally the government is going to do what it needs to do to comply with the deadline,” Ms Levy said.

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