Dozens of immigrant children in the United States will be reunited with parents

Less Than Half of The Separated Immigrant Toddlers Will be Reunited By Tomorrow's Deadline

The Trump administration was under a federal court order to reunite all of the more than 100 children under the age of five with their separated families.

On Wednesday night, a government official said all children under five who were eligible for reunification would be with their parents by Thursday morning.

In 22 cases, the children were not reunited because adults posed safety concerns, including having criminal histories or adults determined to not be a parent.

Ten of the children were ineligible for family reunification because their parent was in the "custody of U.S. Marshals Service" or "state or county custody".

Parents in US Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody "for the most part" are being taken to locations near their children and the families will be released, Justice Department attorney Sarah Fabian said in court.

Also, on Monday, a federal judge in Los Angeles emphatically rejected the Trump administration's efforts to detain immigrant families for an extended period.

A Trump administration statement that all eligible migrant children under the age of five who were separated at the US-Mexico border will be reunited with their parents by Thursday morning (local US time) is being disputed by a civil liberties group. U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw subsequently declined to issue an extension, demanding instead that government lawyers return to court to explain why they would be unable to reunite the remaining children with their families by July 10.

The administration has until July 26 to reunite about 2,000 older children. And in one case, the government has lost track of a child's parent for more than a year. The administration missed the deadline and only guaranteed the reunification of 38 children. Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project, said the organization would decide Thursday "what remedies to recommend to the court for the non-compliance". Meanwhile, some separated children have been entered into an Obama-era foster care system, where temporary guardians described them as "shell-shocked".

Children wrap themselves up with Mylar blankets to "symbolically represent the thousands of children separated from families on the border, sleeping on floors and held in cages", on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

On Tuesday, Trump gave his solution to the family separation and reunification crisis.

A different judge, in Los Angeles, on Monday dismissed as "dubious" and "unconvincing" the U.S. Justice Department's proposal to modify a 1997 settlement known as the Flores Agreement, which says that children can not be held in detention for long periods, irrespective of whether they're with their families.

A mother and son from Guatemala hold hands during a news conference June 22, 2018, following their reunion in Linthicum, Md., after being separated at the USA border.

A majority of migrant children age five and under who were detained under the U.S. immigration "zero-tolerance" policy have been reunited with their families.

Public outrage over the separations led President Donald Trump to retreat last month from his "zero-tolerance" policy toward unlawful border crossings.

Gelernt also asked in court Tuesday for detailed information about all of the parents deemed ineligible, so they could verify those rejections were, in fact, warranted and valid.

The three fathers were "just holding them and hugging them and telling them that everything was fine and that they were never going to be separated again", said immigration lawyer Abril Valdes.

On that front, the judge has noted "there is a lot of work to do" on the older group of children and has ordered the Justice Department to provide an update Thursday on how many need to be reunited with parents.

"Their children are stranded in this country", the ACLU said of the children of deported parents.

Other areas of disagreement include whether fingerprint checks should be run on other adult members of the household and parent participation a legal orientation program should be required before release.

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