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Government misses deadline to reunite kids with parents

Word last week in our nation’s capital was that the Trump administration would not be able to comply with a judge’s order to reunite about 100 children under age 5 with their parents by Tuesday July 10, 2018 and all other minors by July 26. Government attorneys said there is too much work to do and too many questions about the judge’s order to meet his strict deadlines.

According to news reports and Yahoo news the Trump administration also may not be able to fully comply with a federal judge’s order to reunite nearly 3,000 children separated from their parents by the end of the month.

During the hearing, Department of Justice lawyer Sarah Fabian said the government is stuck between the court’s strict deadlines and legal requirements that children in government custody be released only into safe environments.

“There really has been a massive effort on the part of the government to get the resources in place on the ground to make reunification happen in accordance with the court’s order,” Fabian said. But, “there’s always going to be tension between a fast release and a safe release.”

On the deadline day this past Tuesday morning, As President Trump was preparing to fly out to the NATO summit meetings he was asked by reporters about the delay. “Tell people not to come and enter our country illegally … come legally that is the solution. We have laws, we have borders … don’t come to our country illegally. It’s not a good thing.”

Jessica Piedra, immigration attorney and activist, told Hispanic News this is a terrible disaster. The first deadline was for children under age 5. The separation from their parents has caused irreparable harm to these small children. One of the few toddlers that was reunited with his mother was covered in lice and had not been bathed. His mother reported that he is not the same boy as before.

U.S Representative for Missouri’s fifth Congressional District, Emanuel Cleaver ll, told Hispanic News, “This government jump into this project of separating children from their parents without any kind of planning … without any kind of fall back plan and as a result we now have children who are scattered all over this country who are having difficulties re-connecting with their parents.”

Hispanic News pointed out to Cleaver that children as young as 1 year old were being taken in front of a judge to determine the legally status. “If you get a child under the age of 3 and take them in front of anybody that is a miscarriage of justice and an insult to the whole judicial process of the whole United States and to human beings… what we are doing is not even humane and I hope people in this country will speak out more and demonstrate more. I’m getting calls now from other districts from the area asking for my help with a lots of cases that are going on right here in our community. The president should be ashamed of himself … he should be ashamed to say the word president at the same time we are seeing children snatched from their parents,” said Cleaver.

Piedra adds,”The rallies send a message that Americans do not want families to be separated. This is all happening in our names with our tax dollars. We must continue to protest. Unfortunately, the Trump administration has moved slowly and only a few children have been reunited. We must keep up the pressure until all 3,000+ children are reunited with their families. The rallies keep the issue in the news and that keeps pressure on the government to take action. It is my hope that we will be able to channel this outpouring of outrage at family separation into action to finally fix our immigration system. Americans are learning just how cruel the enforcement of our immigration laws can be.