Judge orders Trump administration to share list of separated children

HHS Secy Pushes Back on Reports of Mass Confusion in Reuniting Migrant Families

HHS Secy Pushes Back on Reports of Mass Confusion in Reuniting Migrant Families

The judge had set a deadline of next Tuesday for the government to reunite all children under age 5 who were separated from their parents after they crossed the U.S. -Mexico border.

The agency is analyzing the DNA of some children in its custody and adults who claim to be their parents to verify a family relationship, Azar said.

Some are also conducting lengthy interviews with parents about their children, asking questions such as where their children were born and whether they have distinguishing marks, another attorney told CNN.

Generally, the legal bar for separating children from parents is extremely high, involving a finding that "the parent is unfit or presents a danger to the child".

Attorneys also argued that the government shouldn't have to reunite the children whose parents were already deported, but Sabraw confirmed that it did, according to The Huffington Post.

The lawyers informed the court they may not be able to comply with the court-ordered timeline for reunification because some families may no longer in government custody, due to parole or release - which then extends the time needed to vet the parent to ensure parentage and child safety.

It also acknowledged that ORR's databases were not created to facilitate the reunification of families separated by the government. Its database has some information about the children's parents but wasn't created to reunify families under the court's deadline.

Activists have begun to fear that data derived from DNA tests might be exploited by the government for other purposes.

The government also said it wanted to assure that parents could provide for the child's physical and mental well-being.

He added we are 'meeting the mission even with the constrains handed down by the court'. But administration officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity portrayed the operation as a bureaucratic nightmare involving different computer systems, databases and filing systems, and staffs that have been at odds with one another about how to proceed and what information to share with the public.

Those strict deadlines have sent the government scrambling to meet them.

If and when children are released to adults who are now in the custody of the Department of Homeland Security, it is not yet clear what will happen to them.

According to The Associated Press, after a two-hour hearing, the judge put the request off until at least Monday, meanwhile ordering the Justice Department to share with the American Civil Liberties Union a list of the 101 children under 5 who are separated from their parents.

Standard procedure requires checking backgrounds of the people in the home, but the government says that may not be possible in all cases before the judge's deadline. She represents a Guatemalan woman who had an emotional reunion with her 8-year-old daughter this week after being separated for 55 days.

By July 6, officials must make sure every separated parent has a way to contact their child.

The family separations saga has revealed failures of governance, competence and humanity and made one thing clear: President Donald Trump doesn't believe Harry S. Truman's famous mantra, "The buck stops here".

The case is Ms. L et al v. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement et al, 18-cv-428, U.S District Court, Southern District of California (San Diego).

The agency said it has expedited its existing process for reunification.

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