Trump Administration Seeks More Time to Reunite Families Separated at Border

Trump Administration Seeks More Time to Reunite Families Separated at Border

On Friday, in the latest sign of disarray in the administration, officials admitted in court that they may miss a judge's Tuesday deadline to reunite children under 5 with their parents.

USA officials on Thursday said that while they believe they're in compliance with "all aspects" of the order, they want the deadlines modified because government agencies - including the Department of Health and Human Services - are following "time-consuming" procedures like weekslong evaluations of homes where the children would be placed.

Susan Church, a Boston immigration lawyer, said the government could release migrants who are seeking asylum on bond so that they can find their children faster.

Officials said about 40 parents of the 101 children under age 5 are in federal immigration custody, while another nine are in U.S. Marshal's custody, apparently for criminal proceedings.

But in the court filings, the government says it "may need clarification on or some relief from certain parts of the order, so that Defendants can safely reunite families". "But I would need more information".

Several hundred children have already been reunited with their parents. Trump administration officials have been assailed in public by angry protestors.

At that hearing, Judge Dana Sabraw asked how numerous approximately 100 children under age 5 the government believes could be reunified by the Tuesday deadline.

She said the government had matched 86 parents to 83 children. "You've taken a child from a parent".

"What I'm contemplating is the government provides a list to plaintiffs counsel by tomorrow 5 p.m. (PDT, midnight GMT) with the identities of the children", Sabraw said, according to Reuters.

However, she added, "There are some groups for which the reunification process is more hard". US authorities confirmed through DNA testing on March 12 that the woman was the girl's mother and the two were reunited. "The government is saying DNA every single person".

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According to a CNBC report, U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar said during a conference call with reporters on Thursday that the U.S. government will use DNA tests to speed up the process of reuniting those children with their families. But records connecting children to their parents have in some cases disappeared, according to some of those working on the reunifications, leaving authorities struggling to confirm connections between family members.

And bringing children back together with parents in federal custody is 'not the easiest task, ' Azar said.

"Any confusion is due to a broken immigration system and court orders".

Parents who were deported without their children likely asked that their kids remain in the U.S., Azar said.

'Once we reunify children with their parents, they will be in DHS custody and DHS will be in charge of further proceedings related to the parents and the child, ' Azar said.

Generally, the legal bar for separating children from parents is extremely high, involving a finding that "the parent is unfit or presents a danger to the child".

The family separations saga has revealed failures of governance, competence and humanity and made one thing clear: President Donald Trump doesn't believe Harry S. Truman's famous mantra, "The buck stops here".

The ACLU had filed a lawsuit before the separation practice was officially in place and before the president's executive order.

'Proper vetting for child safety is essential, ' he said.

"This isn't some vast sprawling data set that we're matching up", he said.

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