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Judge says US must reunite migrant families or face penalties

Judge says US must reunite migrant families or face penalties

Facing a court-imposed deadline on Tuesday, the US government has said it expects to have reunited 54 young children and parents separated by immigration officials after crossing into the United States from Mexico.

"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.

Numerous separated children are fleeing violence in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, and U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen met with diplomats from those countries in Guatemala on Tuesday to discuss U.S. immigration policies.

Jennye Mariel Pagoada Lopez, 24, said one night she got so sick that a fellow detainee was forced to scream and wave at a security camera to get her help - but the officials who arrived still refused to get her to a doctor, despite her heavy bleeding.

On Friday, the administration asked the judge for more time but Sabraw said he was sticking to the deadline unless there was a good case for certain exceptions.

"It's extremely disappointing the government will not be in full compliance with the court order, but the judge has stepped in to manage this mess of the administration's making". In the courtroom, they expressed openness to collaborating on several issues, including searching for parents who have been removed from the US and double-checking the criminal records.

The case includes a broader group of thousands of other children and parents, but the hearing focused largely on the pressing deadline for the children under 5.

On June 26, Sabraw, who was appointed by President George W. Bush, set the deadlines of Tuesday to reunite children under 5 with their families and July 26 for the rest of the children.

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The government separated the families as part of the Trump administration's effort to criminally prosecute all immigrants who cross the U.S. -Mexico border illegally, including those who are seeking asylum.

On 26 June, federal judge Dana Sabraw granted a preliminary injunction requiring the reunification of children under the age of five by 10 July. They come amid a tide of national and global outrage over such young children being taken from their parents.

Children are escorted to the Cayuga Center, which provides foster care and other services to immigrant children separated from their families, in New York City, U.S., July 10, 2018. Tell people not to come to our country illegally.

One child has not been matched with a parent, Fabian said. "They want to punish these families who are here and deter others from coming". A longtime court settlement says children who cross the border illegally can not be detained for more than 20 days.

ICE has three family detention centres with room for about 3000 people in all, and the places are already at or near capacity.

The American Civil Liberties Union, which is representing the children, urged the judge to order the process be sped up, saying the children need to be returned to parents as quickly as possible. According to government attorneys, nine have parents who have already been deported, while an additional nine have parents that have been released from government custody in the United States.

The government last week asked for more time to complete the reunification because it claimed it needed more time to ensure the children's safety and to confirm their parental relationships.

The government has reportedly struggled to offer exact information about the number of children separated from their parents.


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