Dozens of immigrant children will be reunited with parents

Trump admin releases names of children under 5 separated at border

Most of the parents will be released into the US from immigration detention centers, and the children will be freed from government-contracted shelters.

"Our process may not be as quick as some would like, but there is no question it is protecting children", said Chris Meekins, a Health and Human Services Department official helping to direct the process.

As the family separation process got underway, the obstacles that the government was setting up for itself became evident.

In court filings, the ACLU has said the government is asking for needless provisions for reuniting families that would not happen if the families had not been separated in the first place. Judge Dana Sabraw also ordered that the estimated 2,000 separated children over five years old must be reunited by July 26.

American Civil Liberties Union attorney Lee Gelernt sought assurances from the government on Monday (Tuesday NZT) that advocates would be in position to guide parents when they are released in a foreign land.

That's only about half of the 100 or so infants and toddlers covered by the order.

. Some detained parents had been released from custody and could not be contacted. "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". "We just don't know how much effort the government's made to find" the parents.

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Four could be released to a non-parent sponsor rather than a parent. They come amid a tide of national and global outrage over such young children being taken from their parents.

The ACLU, however, said it believes as many as 10 more children might not be on the government's list, and said it would provide those names to the government to investigate. But, the lawyer says he's disappointed that not all children will see their parents. Once the children are handed over to their custody, ICE will release the families together.

"The court does appear to acknowledge that parents who cross the border will not be released and must choose between remaining in family custody with their children pending immigration proceedings or requesting separation from their children so the child may be placed with a sponsor", O'Malley said. For children, the trauma of being separated from their parents will be long-lasting.

That discrepancy in numbers is one of several disagreements both sides of the suit, the Justice Department and the ACLU, pledged to discuss later Monday. The Trump administration was working on final background checks for another five children ahead of Tuesday's (Wednesday NZT) deadline.

Gelernt, an attorney with the ACLU, spoke with As It Happens guest host Rosemary Barton about the administration's announcement. Around 80 percent of them are teenagers who tried to make the crossing without their parents, HHS Secretary Alex Azar has said.

Sabraw reportedly urged the government to ease up on the scrutiny applied to parents of separated children, compared to the usual amount applied to extended relatives who apply to look after unaccompanied minors who cross the border illegally. The rest of the children under 5 are expected to be reunited with their parents by July 26, attorneys said.

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