Trump Administration To Reunite Half The Illegal Families Required By Courts

Molly Prince | Politics Reporter

About half of the children who were required by a federal judge to reunite with their families will do so in time for Tuesday’s court-mandated deadline.

U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw ordered at a hearing in late June that 102 children under the ages of five to be rejoined with their parents, who were detained crossing the U.S. border illegally. Sarah Fabian, an attorney for the Justice Department, announced Monday that 54 will be reunited and and the families released from government custody, reported CNN.

Fabian also provided the court with additional clarity on the remaining 48 children: 12 have parents in criminal custody, nine have parents who already exited the U.S., nine have parents that have left government custody and are some place in the U.S., five require additional follow-ups, four are awaiting release to someone other than their parent, three can’t be released due to their parents’ criminal record, three can’t be released because the accompanying adult is not a parent, two have already been reunified, and there is no information on the parents of the final child.

Despite meeting the deadline for only half of the children, Sabraw expressed his optimism. (RELATED: Ted Cruz Announces Legislation To Keep Illegal Immigrant Families Together)

“There’s no question that the parties are meeting and conferring,” Sabraw said. “This is real progress and I’m optimistic that many of these families will be reunited tomorrow, and then we’ll have a very clear understanding as to who has not been reunited, why not, and what time-frame will be in place.”

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