Judge: Government must draw up plan to find parents separated from children

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The Trump administration said Thursday it will largely be up to immigrant-rights advocates to track down deported parents who want to be reunited with their children still in the U.S.

"What is absolutely essential.is that the government identify a single person of the same talent and energy and enthusiasm and can-do spirit as Commander White to head up the reunification process of the remaining parents", Sabraw said.

That prompted the government to separate them from their children, due to a USA law and a 1997 court settlement, known as the Flores Consent Decree, that limits the detention of children to no more than 20 days.

The task the government is attempting to assign the ACLU is made all the more hard because of the Trump administration's disregard for record-keeping while separating more than 2,500 children from their parents and then sending parents back to various Central American countries.

During the status conference, the deputy director of the ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project Lee Gelernt said his group is prepared to do more to help reunify the families, but that it still needs more information about them now in government files.

CNN noted that Sabraw also ordered the administration to submit a comprehensive plan on how it will reunify children with parents that were either deported or released in the U.S.

Lawyers on both sides are now at odds over whether the government has met the judge's deadlines, and whether the government is doing enough to reunite parents who have been deported.

"As the Court is aware, the children with deported parents are suffering as much, if not more, than the children whose parents remained in the United States", the ACLU wrote.

But when Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) dared five Trump officials to say the zero-tolerance border strategy was a success, not one raised a hand.

The administration said Thursday that 410 children who remain in custody have parents who are no longer in the United States, but that is roughly 100 fewer than the overall total of deported parents.

"This responsibility, of course, is 100 percent on the government", he said. Stewart said the government had proposed a plan with non-profit groups in a prominent role because it believed that was the quickest way to locate parents.

"Not only was it the government's unconstitutional separation practice that led to this crisis, but the United States Government has far more resources than any group of NGOs (no matter how many NGOs and law firms are willing to help),'" they wrote.

In another court filing in July, the ACLU convinced a federal judge to temporarily halt deportations to allow parents time to meet with attorneys, to ensure they understood their rights-in an effort to lessen the chaotic nature of the government's hasty deportations of parents.

When they appeared in court and it became evident that they had not, and instead said it should be the ACLU's job to clean up the mess, Judge Sabraw was said to have taken exception to his directive being flouted. It questioned why the government has not made that clear to date and hasn't made more progress on that front. "But as you know, the way the process works is the parents always have the choice to take the children with them".

U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions has blamed the separation of children and families on the parents fleeing violence in Latin America for breaking U.S. immigration laws.

"Plaintiffs' counsel should ascertain whether each possible class member wishes to be reunified with his or her child, or whether he or she wishes to waive reunification", the filing continued, adding that the ACLU would be "responsible for ensuring" the parents have the opportunity to get legal advice and consult with their children, with the government helping to "facilitate" those family communications.

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