US Judge Orders List Of Children Separated From Migrant Parents

US Judge Orders List Of Children Separated From Migrant Parents

US Judge Orders List Of Children Separated From Migrant Parents

Azar said HHS is working "overtime" to confirm that the people who purportedly are parents of those children actually are their parents, and is also checking to see if any parents have a background that makes them risky to receive a child.

Judge Dana Sabraw of the U.S. District Court in San Diego this past week issued the preliminary injunction, which also required that all children must be allowed to at least talk to their parents by Friday.

USA officials on Thursday said that while they believe they're in compliance with "all aspects" of the order, they want the deadlines modified because government agencies - including the Department of Health and Human Services - are following "time-consuming" procedures like DNA testing to confirm parentage. Eighty-three of those children have been linked to 86 parents.

In the court filing, the Justice Department sought clarification on whether they have to reunite migrant kids with parents who were already deported and appeared to argue that would be too hard and time consuming.

"Given the possibility of false claims of parentage, confirming parentage is critical to ensure that children are returned to their parents, not to potential traffickers", the motion says. By July 10, children under 5 must be reunited with their parents. However, parental relationships that can be verified more quickly through documentation and anecdotal means will be accepted to comply with the court order, he said.

"Because the Flores Agreement does not require the release of parents, and Ms. L requires DHS to keep parents and children together when the parents are in detention, the rulings work together to permit detention of parents with their minor children with whom they are apprehended", the DOJ argued.

FILE PHOTO: Immigrant children, many of whom have been separated from their parents under a new "zero tolerance" policy by the Trump administration, are being housed in tents next to the Mexican border in Tornillo, Texas, U.S., June 18, 2018.

"We will comply even if those deadlines prevent us from conducting our standard, or even a truncated vetting process", Mr. Azar told reporters.

HHS officials have reviewed every single case to determine who might fall under the judge's order.

Falcon, communications director for RAICES, a nonprofit in Texas that offers free and low-priced legal services to immigrants and refugees, called the move deplorable because collecting such sensitive data would allow the government to conduct surveillance on the children "for the rest of their lives". Migrant parents separated from their children are struggling to navigate through the system with little to no help, she says, because the system is not equipped to handle this amount of people all at once.

Officials also say that they won't be able to confirm a child's parentage by the deadline if DNA testing is inconclusive.

Prosecutions have been pursued against illegal immigrants in previous administrations, but they were rarely used on families - a fact that became known among smugglers and migrants, who then began to bring their children in order to take advantage of the family "loophole".

Azar said fewer than 3,000 total were separated, and fewer than 100 under the age of five.

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