Humane Treatment of Migrant Children and Families

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Humane Treatment of Migrant Children and Families

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Between October 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018, at least 2,700 children have been split from their parents. 1,995 of them were separated over... Read More...
Between October 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018, at least 2,700 children have been split from their parents. 1,995 of them were separated over the last six weeks of that window — April 18 to May 31 — indicating that at present, an average of 45 children are being taken from their parents each day. The Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment does not permit the government to forcibly take a child from her mother, without justification or even a hearing. Read less

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Kirstjen Nielsen
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Reunification Deadline Missed

Although the government claims it has reunited all families except for those "impossible" for national security or other practical reasons, there is far more to be done. For those who were deported without their children, immigration officials have not even tried to contact them or facilitate their reunification by today. Their children are stranded in this country because of official actions, and yet those officials have apparently done nothing to facilitate their reunification.

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Department of Justice (DOJ)
Chad Readler Acting Assistant Attorney General
Jul 27th, 2018

The reunification plan is proceeding, and is expected to result in the reunification of all members eligible for reunification by the Court’s July 26, 2018 deadline. We report the current status, as of 6:00 a.m. on July 26, 2018, of reunification of families with children ages 5-17:

  • Total number of possible children of potential class members originally identified: 2,551 
  • Children where further review shows they were not separated from parents by DHS: 20  
  • Total number of those children who have been discharged from ORR: 1,820 
  • Children discharged by being reunified with parents in ICE custody under the government’s plan: 1,442 
  • Children discharged in other appropriate circumstances: 378 (these include reunifications with parents in the interior, discharges to other sponsors (such as in situations where there parent is not eligible for reunification), reunifications with parents in DHS custody earlier in the process, or children that turned 18) 
  • Parent waived reunification: 120 children 
  • Reunification precluded by plaintiffs and court order in separate litigation: 7 children 
  • Adult red flag from background check: 21 children 
  • Adult red flag from other case file review: 46 children 
  • Adult released to the interior: 79 children 
  • Adult outside the U.S.: 431 children
  • Adult location under case file review: 94 children

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