Dozens of immigrant children in the U.S. will be reunited with parents

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

Babies Appear in Immigration Court as Trump Administration Struggles to Reunite Even Half of Children Under 5

Late last month, U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw in San Diego set a 14-day deadline to reunite children under 5 with their parents and a 30-day deadline for older children.

The reunification process has highlighted how traumatic the Trump administration's decision to separate children has been.

Sabraw has set a final deadline for the government to reunite the 2,000 children who remain in custody with their parents: July 26.

"It's extremely disappointing that the Trump administration looks like it will fail to reunite even half the children under 5 with their parent", said ACLU attorney Lee Gelernt.

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", immigration lawyer Abril Valdes said. "Of course, there remains a tremendous amount of hard work and similar obstacles facing our teams in reuniting the remaining families".

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

Twelve adults were not reunited with their children because the adults had been deported and the USA government is in the process of contacting them, the statement said. "I am optimistic that many of these families will be reunited by tomorrow and we will have a clear understanding of who has been reunited and the reasons for not reuniting others".

Four have already been reunited with some family, while 34 others should be reunited by the end of the day, the government said.

"This is hard, very hard", she said.

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In 22 other cases, adults posed safety concerns, they said. Eleven of those adults had serious criminal histories, the statement said, including "charges or convictions" for child cruelty, kidnapping, murder, human smuggling or domestic violence.

Rodriguez said the commander running the shelter at Tornillo told him that none of the children there would be housed at Fort Bliss, one of two Texas military bases that the Pentagon has said will likely house thousands of immigrants who have been apprehended at the border.

"My take on this whole situation is we're not done yet", she said. Children spend an average of 57 days in shelters before they're placed with a sponsor. They include migrants who were released from detention before the zero-tolerance policy was enacted in April. The move caused an worldwide uproar.

On June 26 - just days after Trump had signed an executive order terminating the policy - Sabraw ruled in the ACLU's favor, officially triggering the beginning of the reunification process.

The child 'cannot be reunified at this time because the parent's location has been unknown for more than a year, ' the Justice Department said, adding that 'records show the parent and child might be USA citizens'. The families will then be released, according to the Justice Department lawyer.

Attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union, which brought the lawsuit, said activists have turned up as many as 10 more names that need to added to the number of separated kids still in detention.

Despite the delay in fulfilling her order, Sabraw commended the government for its efforts.

The ACLU claims that the government initially provided incomplete information about the children.

The government pays for DNA and screening fees, officials said. A spokesperson for the agency said it could not provide more details about what indication there is that this child and parent may be USA citizens, how the child came to be in federal custody or where the child is now sheltered.

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