While national attention has drifted away from the family separation crisis President Donald Trump and his administration created when they began their unnecessary "zero tolerance" and began prosecuting large swaths of immigrants at the U.S. -Mexico border, the government has yet to find an adequate solution to the problem. "Reunification will have been completed on time, which has to be highlighted, and the government has to be commended for its efforts in that regard".
Fabian reported 127 parents had waived their reunification rights explaining that parents often base their decision "on the desire to have the child released to another relative". "It's the reality of a policy that was in place that resulted in a large number of families being separated without forethought as to reunification and keeping track of people and that's the fallout we're seeing". That means some reunifications take longer than others because of transportation time.
In a status conference before U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw in San Diego, the government said 1,637 parents have been ruled "eligible" for reunification and that nearly all of these mothers and fathers are expected to be back with their children by Thursday. The 463 cases mentioned in the report are listed as "under review", and there are no further details about why the parents had left the country without their children.
Attorneys and immigrant advocates have questioned whether the parents fully understood to what they were agreeing.
The government also said Sabraw lacks the authority to block the government from carrying out a removal order.
The ACLU warns that unless the judge intervenes, deportations without informed consent are sure to spike in the coming days.
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But lawyers for the government also revealed that as many as 463 parents may have been deported or have voluntarily left the USA without their children. They say no families have been sent from the border to the detention facilities in recent days.
The government said 64 parents didn't qualify to be reunited with their children because they had significant criminal histories or were otherwise "deemed ineligible". Explanations for why almost half of that group had been deemed ineligible ranged widely, from "safety concerns posed by the adults in question" to the fact that those parents or guardians "may no longer be in the United States".
The judge set a deadline earlier this month for reunifying parents with children younger than 5.
Lawyers representing the government presented the joint status update concerning the reunification process.
But on Monday, the government finally revealed some data in a court filing about its progress.
The ACLU and other immigrant rights advocates have argued that numerous parents who have been deported were pressured to agree to deportation without understanding their rights, following the traumatizing ordeal of family separation-many after fleeing violence and unrest in their home countries.