Published: Sat, July 28, 2018
World | By Camille Rivera

Trump admin may have deported hundreds of parents without kids

Trump admin may have deported hundreds of parents without kids

The unprecedented policy, as the Center for Public Integrity reported in April, demanded that all adults entering the US unlawfully at the southern border be jailed pending prosecution for illegal entry-even though a first-time crossing is a misdemeanor.

Of these, 1,820 children were discharged from the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). "As of July 23, the government reported that 130 parents had waived their right for reunification, meaning that their child would stay in the USA while they are removed, either in Office of Refugee Resettlement custody or possibly being released to a sponsor", it explained. The number may also include some children who were already released to a different family member or friend.

Support worker Julisa Zaragoza said some kids were so afraid of losing their parents again they didn't want to go to the bathroom alone.

As has been the case with previous court updates, the numbers are approximate and subject to change.

Under a separate court-imposed deadline earlier in July, most migrant children under five years old have been returned to their parents.

As the deadline neared, small groups of children were led in and out of Lutheran Social Services in Phoenix all day Thursday, sometimes holding hands with a worker from the center.

As of Tuesday, there were 1,012 parents reunified with their children in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody. "The overall first guiding principle is the safety of these children".

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What about the families deemed "not eligible" for reunification?

Of those found ineligible, 431 children have parents who are no longer in the U.S. That didn't stop Trump, or his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, from denying the asylum and forcibly yanking crying children away from their parents.

When President Donald Trump's enacted his policy of separating children and parents who sought to enter the US illegally, the idea was that it would serve as a deterrent for future asylum-seekers. As previously reported, ACLU compiled personal declarations from several attorneys who have met with detained parents as part of a court filing on Wednesday.

Immigrant advocates say migrant parents were pressured into signing voluntary deportation forms out of desperation to be released from immigration detention once their sons and daughters were taken from them and sent to government shelters.

Gilliam said she was she was shocked by the number of parents who were coerced into signing documents they did not understand.

94 children with parents whose locations are "under case file review".

The separations triggered outrage in the U.S. and overseas, especially after the release of audio of small children in shelters crying for their parents.

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It said in a statement on Thursday: "We're thrilled for the families who are finally reunited, but many more remain separated". The administration so botched this operation that it can not comply in a timely manner with the court's order to reverse course and reunite the families. "There is a risk that these children will be indefinitely separated from their parents", ACLU wrote.

According to Monday's filing, the government has reunited 879 parents with their children so far, up from 450 on Friday. Information about these exclusions "was too general to be useful", ACLU said.

Security guards stand outside a facility that houses child immigrants on June 18 in Homestead, Fla.

To be super clear: just over half of separated kids have been reunited by the deadline to reunite them all.

What else can we expect from Friday's hearing?

Attorneys are also anxious about what happens to reunited families, who are either held in family detention or released as they wait for their immigration case to be tried. However, more than 400 of the 711 still in custody have parents who may have already been deported.

"The government has literally left these people to fend for themselves", Olivares said on a call with reporters.

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And the filing simply raises many more questions: Will the parents no longer in the USA ever be reunited with their children?

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