Judge Gives Feds Mixed Reviews On Migrant Family Reunifications

Published: Friday, July 27, 2018 - 5:13pm
Updated: Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 9:35am
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Lawyers for the federal government and the American Civil Liberties Union were back in court the day after the deadline for the government to reunite children with their migrant parents.

The judge gave the government mixed reviews.

He said the government gets “great credit” for reuniting more than 1,800 kids with their parents and sponsors. But he also said it’s the government’s fault that hundreds of families remain separated. Parents who were deported without their kids make up a big chunk of the families that are still not back together.

“The judge made clear that he wants the rest of the reunifications to occur promptly, and that the government needs to provide us with information so we can find the parents who have already been deported without their kid,” said Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU’s Immigrants' Rights Project.

A Justice Department spokesman did not comment.

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