Trump admin may have deported hundreds of parents without kids

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

Trump admin may have deported hundreds of parents without kids

Updated figures were not made public, but new data was expected to be released Friday at a court hearing in San Diego held by the judge overseeing the reunification process.

WASHINGTON-The Trump administration said in a court filing Monday that 463 parents of migrant children are no longer present in the United States, indicating that the number of mothers and fathers potentially deported without their kids during the "zero tolerance" border crackdown could be far larger than previously acknowledged.

More than 1,000 reunions have taken place and hundreds more have been approved ahead of Thursday's deadline to have all children back with their families, after being separated at the border.

She is helping manage what has become a weekly rotation of about two dozen attorneys and staff from her firm who have been volunteering at the border, helping to reunite 23 families.

Which numbers did the government provide?

It said in a statement on Thursday: "We're thrilled for the families who are finally reunited, but many more remain separated".

This included about 1,442 children who were returned to parents who were in US Immigration Customs Enforcement custody, and another 378 who were released under a variety of other circumstances.

20 children on further review "were not separated from parents by DHS". The Justice Department said this week that the number was based on case files and under review, signaling it could change. The remaining 378 have either reached the age of 18 or are living outside a detention center in the US with their parents, relatives or another adult approved by the Office of Refugee Resettlement, which as been overseeing the minors' care.

"This is about saying we are a community of people and that the children of any one of us is the children of all of us". "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".

One document, prepared by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), includes three checkboxes depicting the stark reality parents immediately face if they lose their immigration case: "I would like to take my child with me"; "I do NOT want to take my child with me", and "I do not have a lawyer and I want to talk with a lawyer". "It would be hard to expect that number of agencies to seamlessly coordinate a family reunification effort".

Government lawyers claim the 711 children are "not eligible for reunification".

She said the government is essentially "holding hundreds of children hostage" to try to push parents into bad decisions.

Another 79 had parents who had been "released to the interior" and seven remain in NY because they are plaintiffs as part of a court order in ongoing litigation.

Finding parents in Mexico or Central America will be a long, painstaking task, said ACLU attorney Stephen Kang.

On Friday, family attorneys are to begin turning their attention to those who weren't reunited - parents who had a criminal record, parents who were no longer in the USA and children who were handed over to other sponsors, Gelernt said.

That's how many parents have been released from federal custody.

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

Michelle Brané, director of migrant rights and justice for the Women's Refugee Commission, said that she had received credible information that the Office of Refugee Resettlement was scrambling to locate the deported parents - but that because the government had kept no records, the effort was proving hard.

United Nations' representatives involved in human rights monitoring have also condemned Trump's policies regarding families. And it has become increasingly hard to track the whereabouts of parents and children, who were held in separate facilities, often in different states.

Among this group are also 40 children with no discernable parental information, name or location attached.

President Donald Trump ended the practice of taking children from parents and Sabraw ordered the government to reunite all the families by the end of Thursday, nevertheless indicating some flexibility given the enormity of the effort.

"The fundamental flaw of family detention is not just the risk posed by the conditions of confinement-it's the incarceration of innocent children itself", the doctors wrote.

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