Trump Administration Will Miss Court-Mandated Deadline To Reunite Migrant Families

As was widely expected after a judge ruled last month that the Trump Administration would have 30 days to reunite families separated at the border, the US government is struggling to meet the deadline, with Reuters reporting that only half of the detained children under age 5 will be back with their parents by a court-ordered deadline of Tuesday, according to a government attorney.

Sarah Fabian, an attorney with the US Department of Justice, said 54 children younger than 5 would be reunited with parents by the end of Tuesday, though that number could rise if background checks are completed more quickly. The administration is believed to have more than 2,000 immigrant children in custody, with 100 of them under the age of five. The parents of some of the children have been deported, while others either failed a criminal background check, were unable to prove they were the parent or had been released and couldn't be contacted by immigration officials, Fabian said. The children were separated from their parents after President Trump declared his "zero tolerance" policy for the prosecution of immigrants crossing the border illegally. The separations started in early May and continued until Trump signed an executive order to halt the practice last month.

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The San Diego judge who delivered the ruling also ordered the government to come up with a plan to reunify families and submit it no later than Tuesday at 11 am Pacific Time. An attorney for the ACLU, which brought the case that led to the ruling, said he worried that the government wasn't complying with the order, though he acknowledged that "significant" steps had been taken in the past 48 hours. 

Lee Gelernt, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union, which brought the case, said he did not think the government was complying with the reunification order. "It is very troubling that there are children and parents who are not in some kind of government tracking system," he said after the court hearing.

He added that nonprofit groups were trying to find parents the government had failed to locate, who are mostly from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. He also questioned if the government’s list of children under the age of 5 was accurate.

Gelernt added, however, that he believed the government had made "significant" steps in the past 48 hours to unite parents with their children, and he called the effort "a blueprint for going forward with the remaining more than 2,000 families."

Fabian told the judge that once parents and children were reunited, they would likely be released from immigration custody. A legal settlement dating from the 1990s only allows the government to detain children in adult centers for a brief period. Gelernt said the ACLU was concerned that parents would be put on the street without any money in an unfamiliar city.

Unsurprisingly, liberals and other critics of the Trump administration have been outraged by the delay while others joked that the government should outsource the reunions to the Thai Navy SEALs who freed 12 boys and their soccer coach in Thailand.

Meanwhile, a federal judge has rejected the administration's request to allow long-term detention of migrant children. Los Angeles U.S. District Court Judge Dolly Gee dismissed the DOJ's proposal to modify a 1997 settlement known as the Flores Agreement as "dubious" and "unconvincing," according to Reuters.

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any_mouse Bad Attitude Tue, 07/10/2018 - 14:24 Permalink

Or just ignore the Court Order. What's the Judge going to do? Fine the Federal Government?

Who will be enforcing the Judge's order?

FBI? BATFE? USMC? County Sheriff?

The Executive Branch is not the ones who are creating the situation.

Illegal actions have consequences.

Shut the Door. Defend the Border, for reasons of National Security.

Use of Deadly Force Authorized. Area 51 style. Problem solved.

Get Lon Horiuchi down there along with the killer team that took out LaVoy Finicum.

Is it easier to murder US citizens?

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onewayticket2 Pollygotacracker Tue, 07/10/2018 - 09:33 Permalink

tried mslsd this am.  they were beating up on a senator on this issue.

 

his point...."i disagree.  The 100 or so kids we have NOT been able to reunite were brought to the US by drug smugglers, NOT their parents.  it would not be advisable to return an innocent chilld to a drug smuggler."

 

Still....Mika shook her head as if to tell viewers, the Senator was wrong (but could not say a word).  Mika, you REALLY want to release kids to drug smugglers, felons, who are NOT their parents or blood relatives????

 

really, mika???

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blindfaith onewayticket2 Tue, 07/10/2018 - 09:50 Permalink

I have the same argument with the lib women I know.  They JUST can't believe the kids are sex slaved to pizza eaters. 

Makes me sick to my stomach that these stupid people, women, would even take that chance....then go home, eat dinner, and forget all about the kids. 

So stinking one sided.  BUT it would NEVER would have happen if the liberals didn't encourage these people to come to the USA.  IT IS the LIBREALS FAULT...plain and simple, and the liberals want it NOW to be YOUR PROBLEM.

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chubbar onewayticket2 Tue, 07/10/2018 - 10:13 Permalink

Well, that's the dirty little secret in this whole sordid affair. Trump in one fell swoop dismantled a large part of the child trafficking that was coming in from Mexico. Now the smugglers/traffickers are required to take a DNA test before they can claim the child they were caught with. Now, knowing this, how many traffickers are going to sign up for that program knowing that trafficking is a felony that WILL result in years of jail time?

This is what the assholes on the left are trying to undo, Trump is shutting down their sick pedo games and they don't like it.

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onewayticket2 chubbar Tue, 07/10/2018 - 11:02 Permalink

i dont know anything about "pedo games"....i suspect the majority of lefties who are hyperventilating (without understanding what they're hyperventilating about) are simply seeing a way to "get trump"....to damage him publicly in any way they can - EVEN IF it makes them look silly in the process.   

 

"those who refuse to accept the results of the election are a threat to our democracy"

- HRC

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any_mouse Pollygotacracker Tue, 07/10/2018 - 14:36 Permalink

USA(Zionist, INC) does not defend nor respect borders anywhere.

Who are the illegal border crossers in Syria?

America (any government) is a Myth.

A corporation run for the benefit of the Few.

Who benefits most from EBT Welfare? JPMorgan and Junk Food, INC. Steady revenue stream from Public to Private.

Who benefits least? The People.

"Democratic Socialism". False Advertising. Neither Democratic nor Social. The Few controlling the Many.

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TheSilentMajority blindfaith Tue, 07/10/2018 - 09:30 Permalink

Mexico is the worlds biggest state sponsor of drug trafficking and human trafficking, causing over 1million deaths(drug/crime related) in the USA over the last decade. 

How many USA deaths has NOKO, Iran, and Russia caused over that same time frame?

It is time for trumpstein to put in place both viscous economic sanctions and military security measures to stop all border crossings. 

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blindfaith TheSilentMajority Tue, 07/10/2018 - 09:55 Permalink

No Argument from me. 

The have their culture, fine.  If they want to import my culture to their country, go for it.  But I do NOT wish their culture to be forced upon me or my neighbors by radicle liberals who would not allow them to move in next door to them.  Ain't that right Congressman Waters and Senator Feinstein...not in MY neighborhood.  Two faced, forked tongued frauds seems to be the Democrat battle cry...

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chubbar blindfaith Tue, 07/10/2018 - 10:04 Permalink

Something on the order of 80% of the kids were being trafficked, how the fuck were they going to be reunited with their parents?

Send all of them back to their country of origin, no excuses. Build the wall, enact E-Verify, Deport DACA, Deport every illegal found in the US, Stop chain migration and anchor baby migration. Arrest the politicians that are thwarting federal immigration laws with bullshit sanctuary policies. Try them for felonies and throw their asses in jail. Stop the cultural genocide of the US!

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Got The Wrong No El Vaquero Tue, 07/10/2018 - 09:57 Permalink

The Left doesn't care about the children. This is just a way to motivate their base to vote in November. They are using the Supreme Court pick for the same purpose. They will hit all the hot buttons they can with their final goal being Impeachment. It is imperative that everyone who sees the evil and corruption on the left, VOTE in the Midterms. 

Don't believe the lies that voting doesn't matter. The Left wants you to not vote while they are pulling out all the stops to motivate their voters, even the dead ones. 

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blindfaith Tue, 07/10/2018 - 09:19 Permalink

They sneak into the US knowing the liberals will protect them.  The cheap bastards who run corporations hire them rather than pay a decent wage to Americans.  The endless circle amounts to endorsed slavery by the liberals and corporations.  That simple.

 

Try going to their country and work under the table, see how fast your ass in in THEIR jails.

StephenHopkins Tue, 07/10/2018 - 09:21 Permalink

Uninvited ‘guests’ take their chances on being served... Americans don’t have that privilege today, because liberals have given away everything to these new parasites during the bush,clinton, bush, obama administration. 

NoPension Tue, 07/10/2018 - 09:24 Permalink

Only the left can go batshit crazy over abortion rights and illegal invader child rights....simultaneously.

Tune in at 8pm to see Madcow bawling on camera......