Judge ahead of family reunifications deadline: Progress 'remarkable' but still 'deeply troubling'

Government says it’s on track with reunifications of immigrant families as deadline looms

Starting in April, US authorities separated over 2,500 children from their parents at the border as part of Trump's "zero tolerance" policy, which criminally prosecuted any undocumented individual caught crossing the border.

On July 16, Sabraw, ordered a temporary halt to deportations of families to give them more up to least a week to decide their options once they're reunified.

Among those who remain apart from their children is Lourdes de Leon of Guatemala.

Which numbers did the government provide?

How the secretaries of HHS and DHS and their senior staff, not to mention the attorney general and White House staff who cooked this up, have remained in office and received no punishment remains yet another outrage in an administration characterized by ignorance, cruelty and contempt for governance.

"This is a remarkable achievement", said U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw of the Southern District of California, who has overseen the class action lawsuit filed by the ACLU on behalf of the separated parents.

The government previously missed a deadline set by Judge Sabraw for July 10, which required all children under the age of five to be returned to their parents.

A charitable organization called FWD.US, founded by technology leaders including Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Dropbox founder Drew Houston was paying for the airline tickets, the bus tickets and the lodging for all the families newly reunited in the Phoenix area to get them to relatives living all over the United States, said Connie Phillips of Lutheran Social Services.

The teenager is one of more than 1,800 children recently reunified with a parent or other family member. "The administration continues to comply in good faith with the court's requests while protecting the safety and well-being of all children in our care".

Officials declined to comment on what efforts, if any, would be made on behalf of children whose parents have been deported already, though they said some parents had voluntarily chosen to leave their children behind. "It would be hard to expect that number of agencies to seamlessly coordinate a family reunification effort".

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The government said that 463 parents of immigrants children are no longer in the United States - which presumably means that most or all of these parents have been deported.

To review: For no good reason other than xenophobic-base pleasing and without evidence of the efficacy of what it was undertaking, the administration snatched thousands of kids from their parents with no reasonable plan to ever reunite them.

120 children have parents who waived their reunification rights.

The government, according to the court filing, has reunited 879 parents with their children, up from 450 on Friday, and another 538 parents have been approved to be reunited, meaning that half of the separated families could be back together by the deadline.

"We are on-track to reunite all eligible parents in ICE custody", Meekins said.

21 children whose parents had "red flags" from their background checks.

According to the status report filed in federal court in San Diego, the administration says there have been 879 families reunited - almost doubled since Friday. And it has become increasingly hard to track the whereabouts of parents and children, who were held in separate facilities, often in different states.

A total of 463 parents have been deported, but the cases are under review and may not reflect the number sent back without their children, according to The Post.

Among this group are also 40 children with no discernable parental information, name or location attached. "There is a risk that these children will be indefinitely separated from their parents", ACLU wrote.

"The government shouldn't be proud of the work they're doing on reunification", he said. Some parents, for example, were not reunited due to their criminal history, the government said.

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