A California judge on Monday gave Donald Trump’s government time to reunite young migrant children with their parents arrested at the border after authorities admitted they ran out of time, according to several US media reports.
Judge Dana Sabraw had ordered that 102 children under five be reunited before Tuesday with their parents and by July 26 for the others.
But, in a San Diego hearing on Monday, US Attorney General Sarah Fabian said that only half of the hundred or so children under five would have recovered. their family before the deadline of Tuesday.
The US government had requested a deadline Friday on the pretext of lack of time to confirm identities, including using DNA tests.
Judge Sabraw said Monday he found “real progress” and admitted that some cases required “more time.”
“I’m hopeful that most of these families will be reunited tomorrow (Tuesday) and we will have a clearer idea of who will not be reunited, why and how long it will take,” he said. declared.
More than 2,300 children were separated from their parents in a few weeks and housed in reception centers run by the US Department of Health. The result of President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy against illegal immigration.
Several hundred of them have since been reunited with their parents. The US Department of Health has admitted to using DNA tests to verify the identity of those remaining.
In total, some 11,800 miners are still detained by US authorities after crossing the border illegally. Almost 80% of them are teenagers who have arrived without their parents.
In the face of global outrage over its “zero tolerance” policy, Donald Trump announced on June 20 to end separations of families at the border.
Jason Quick is the lead editor for Alabama Post Gazette. Jason has been working as a freelance journalist for nearly a decade having published stories in many print and digital publications including, The Birmingham News and Tuscaloosa News. Jason is based in Birmingham and covers issues affecting his city and his country. When he’s not busy writing, Jason enjoys skiing and painting..