Judge holds firm on deadline for reuniting immigrant families

Judge holds firm on deadline for reuniting immigrant families

Judge holds firm on deadline for reuniting immigrant families

The boy was secured in a booster seat, and father and son were driven away.

At a court hearing, Justice Department lawyer Sarah Fabian acknowledged the government wouldn't meet the deadline for all the children, citing a variety of reasons, including that the parents of some of the youngsters have already been deported. "That's the solution." Some of the separated families arrived at US ports of entry seeking asylum, which is not illegal.

But President Donald Trump has indicated he opposes releasing entire families in most cases.

In Grand Rapids, the children were "absolutely thrilled to be with their parents again".

Jennye Mariel Pagoada Lopez, 24, said one night she got so sick that a fellow detainee was forced to scream and wave at a security camera to get her help - but the officials who arrived still refused to get her to a doctor, despite her heavy bleeding.

Douglas Christian/ZUMA Press/NewscomAlready under fire for separating children from their parents at the Mexican border, the Trump administration has informed a federal judge that it will not fully meet today's deadline to reunite the families.

Asked about the missed deadline, the president said: "Well, I have a solution".

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.

Attorneys for the government and the American Civil Liberties Union, which filed the original lawsuit challenging family separations, said they worked together intensely over the weekend to identify the families affected by the deadline and to work out how to move forward.

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The government separated the families as part of the Trump administration's effort to criminally prosecute all immigrants who cross the U.S. -Mexico border illegally, including those who are seeking asylum. But they say they have to do cheek swabs of the children and the parents to do DNA tests to establish parentage.

More than 2000 children were separated from their parents by US immigration authorities at the border this spring before US President Donald Trump reversed course on June 20 amid an global outcry.

Presenting parents with that harsh choice will prevent them from using court orders created to protect their children "to bootstrap a right to [their own] release", Department of Justice attorney Scott Stewart said in federal court Tuesday while discussing a separate order to reunite families.

At the hearing in San Diego, Judge Dana Sabraw gave the authorities extra time to determine which children will be back with their parents, as government lawyer Sarah Fabian said 54 of the youngsters could be reunited by the Tuesday deadline, the USA media reports said.

Rebuffing White House requests, Sabraw also declined to extend the deadlines for reunification, declaring that they are "firm deadlines" not "aspirational goals".

Meekins said at least 14 children will not be reunited with those claiming to be parents, eight of whom failed criminal background checks, five of whom were determined not to be parents and one of whom is the subject of a claim of child abuse deemed to be credible.

In a conference call with reporters, Chris Meekins, a senior official with the Department of Health and Human Services, said the reunification process may be going slowly, "but there is no question that it is protecting children".

The reunions are expected to be carried out in secret or secure locations, with parents taken from the detention centers where they have been held and children brought from federal shelters or foster homes. An additional 20 children have purported parents with whom they can not be reunited because those adults have already been either removed from the United States or released into the country, which removes DHS and HHS's ability to force them to come get the children they claim are theirs.

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