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Dozens of immigrant children in US set to reunite with parents

Dozens of immigrant children in US set to reunite with parents

The government initially said over the weekend that it identified 102 children in government custody who may have been taken from their parents.

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Sabraw had set Tuesday as the deadline for the government to reunite parents with children under 5 years old from whom they'd been separated at the border. The rest of the children under 5 are expected to be reunited with their parents by July 26, attorneys said.

As the government awaits the court's Monday decision on whether or not the timeline for family reunification will be extended, time is of the essence: doctors have repeatedly warned that being separated from parents for even short periods of time can cause symptoms of toxic stress in children, which can derail healthy emotional development.

A court ruling last month orderd the government to reunite 102 children under the age of five with their families by Tuesday.

In particularly, he said, parents who've already been released into the US and disappeared could be found.

One child can't be reunited with family because the government has not known their parent's location for more than a year, according to the government. "We provide [detained pregnant women] with prenatal care, we provide them separate housing, we provide them specialists, we will take them to appointments if they need to go somewhere else, we provide them counseling", said Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in May. Fabian said another 12 have parents in state or federal prison.

We are thrilled that more than 50 little children will be reunited with their parents by tomorrow, but we are extremely disappointed that it's not a greater number. "There was no reunification plan in place, and families have been separated for months".

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The American Civil Liberties Union received the list of the names of the almost 100 children under the age of 5 who were separated from their parents at the border, according to a group spokesman.

Abril Valdez of the ACLU of MI said the government was "vague" on the time and place of the reunifications that could come on Tuesday (Wednesday NZT) for two Honduran men he represents. "This is a cruel and harmful policy that was aggravated by the Administration's lack of basic humanity in thinking ahead of time about how it would bring these families back together".

And if they continue to drag on, what would you ask the judge to do in that instance?

On Friday, Fabian told the judge 101 children were under 5.

"But until I have both my children with me, I don't know what I will do", she said.

Federal officials said they are reunifying as many children as they can and attributed delays to "legitimate logistical impediments" that make it "impossible or excusable" to meet the court's deadlines. But on Monday, she said nine were removed from the United States and an additional nine were released here. "And so the government says the tension is between a fast release and a safe release". One area of disagreement is DNA testing on parents and children, with the government saying it should be the general rule and the ACLU saying it should be done only when no other evidence is available to prove parentage.

Lee Gelernt, the ACLU lawyer handling the case, said the government is taking the reunification demands seriously, though he said he thinks the government can do better than the 54.

Sacchetti reported from Washington and Perry reported from San Diego.


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