U.S. Has Only Managed To Reunite 14 Percent Of Forcibly Separated Migrant Families Less Than A Week Ahead Of Its Deadline
July 26 is the judge-ordered deadline to reunite ALL children with their families.
According to ABC News, 364 of the 2,551 children five- to 17-year-olds taken from their parents or family members have been reunited. A U.S. Health and Human Services statement confirmed this statistic. As for children younger than five, 57 have reconnected with their families.
Reuters reports Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) attorneys have interviewed 848 parents, clearing the way for them to reconnect with their children.
An additional 229 parents separate from the 848 interviewed have been deemed ineligible due to past criminal records or because they "waived" their rights of reunification. The rest of the parents are pending review.
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Over 700 parents separated from their children have deportation orders by immigration judges.
However, Judge Sabraw has ordered a delay in the deportation of these parents to give officials time to reunite them with their children.
The ACLU has requested a judge force the government to provide a list of the 700 adult immigrants slated for deportation to help them sort their options with legal counsel.
Sabraw has made it clear the deadline he has set is not optional; however, it is not clear what consequences the government would face should it fail to meet the July 26 deadline.
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