US must convince judge it has reunited migrants under five

Lester Mason
July 12, 2018

Government attorneys, meanwhile, told a federal judge that the Trump administration would not meet the deadline for 20 other children under 5 because it needed more time to track down parents who have already been deported or released into the U.S.

During the June 27th ruling, the Judge stated that "Measures were not in place to provide for communication between governmental agencies responsible for detaining parents and those responsible for housing children, or to provide for ready communication between separated parents and children".

At a bus station in Phoenix on Tuesday night, a 22-year-old woman who only gave her first name, Gisela, for safety concerns, said she had been apart from her 4-year-old son for over a month after presenting herself at a port of entry in Texas to seek asylum.

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

He described feeling a pain in his heart and like he couldn't breathe after his son was taken away.

"Tomorrow there will hopefully be more than 50 babies and toddlers reunited with their parents, and that is obviously an enormous victory", he said. He beamed while his son asked questions and played with toys when they were reunited at a federal immigration office in MI on Tuesday.

"I can't even say how painful it is to be there without help, without support, and with the pain of having lost something so precious", said Rubia Mabel Morales Alfaro, another mother who miscarried and who calls the assurances of care promised by Nielsen a "lie". He added later: "Every time I spoke to him, he would start crying. I thought children were supposed to be a priority here in the United States". The adults may be required to wear ankle monitors while their cases wind through immigration court, a process that can take years. Flores stipulates that children can not be held in detention for more than 20 days. But as government employees would soon realize, they had their work cut out for them. It was not known Wednesday whether that happened.

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.


On Tuesday, Sabraw showed little appetite for giving more time to the government unless it could show good reasons in specific cases. That deadline was not met, officials acknowledged, while noting plans were under way on Tuesday to reunite up to 54 migrant children under five with their parents.

Additionally, according to the lawyers, 20 children were eligible for reunification but would not be reunified by the July 10 deadline "due to legitimate logistical impediments that render timely compliance impossible or excusable".

The Trump administration may start separating families again if parents in detention don't agree to waive their children's right to release, the government suggested on Tuesday.

In ordering an end to the separation of families, the president said they should instead be detained together.

On Tuesday morning, staff members at a private firm that has been detaining numerous youngest children "made sure every backpack was full and every child got a hug and a goodbye", Southwest Key CEO Juan Sanchez said. A lawyer for the Cayuga Centers declined to comment.

Avenatti wants USA immigration officials to allow the girls' father, Hector Santos, to be allowed to travel to NY from Texas, where he is wearing a monitoring device.

Watson reported from San Diego.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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