For the remaining almost 50 children, some of their parents have already been deported, while others were released and have already disappeared into the shadows of the illegal immigrant population, and the government has struggled to track them down. They come amid a tide of national and global outrage over such young children being taken from their parents.
"This is real progress and I'm optimistic that many of these families will be reunited tomorrow and we'll have a very clear understanding as to who has not been reunited, why not, and a time frame in place", he said.
Of the almost 3,000 migrant minors who were separated from their parents and placed in federal custody, the Trump administration says at least 102 are under 5 years old.
"It's extremely disappointing that the Trump administration looks like it will fail to reunite even half the children under 5 with their parents".
The New York Times reported that U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw stuck to his Tuesday deadline for the youngest children to be returned to their parents, despite government officials indicating they'd be unable to meet the target.
In particularly, he said, parents who've already been released into the US and disappeared could be found. "There was no reunification plan in place, and families have been separated for months". "We provide [detained pregnant women] with prenatal care, we provide them separate housing, we provide them specialists, we will take them to appointments if they need to go somewhere else, we provide them counseling", said Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in May.
Amid enormous backlash and global outcry, Trump reversed course on 20 June and said families should remain together until the parents' immigration proceedings are complete, a process that can take months.
The injunction to reunite families came as a result of an American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) lawsuit. We are just asking that the parent be given back their child.
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The search for the group had gripped the nation as it was unclear where they were or whether they were even still alive. In the tape of the encounter, one of the British rescuers asks, in English, how many were in the group.
Many parents have already been moved to detention facilities near their children in preparation, Fabian added.
"I know very very little about this case", she said.
Meekins said at least 14 children will not be reunited with those claiming to be parents, eight of whom failed criminal background checks, five of whom were determined not to be parents and one of whom is the subject of a claim of child abuse deemed to be credible.
The two sides revealed in a filing late on Monday (Tuesday NZT) that they are far apart on protocols for reunification, with the government arguing its practices are necessary under federal law to ensure child safety and the ACLU contending that many are too cumbersome under the circumstances.
Five have parents still in ICE custody who could be released soon, but require more follow-up after a background check. Some parents are not eligible, the government said, because they have criminal records, were deemed to be unfit or, in one case, have a communicable disease. An additional 20 children have purported parents with whom they can not be reunited because those adults have already been either removed from the United States or released into the country, which removes DHS and HHS's ability to force them to come get the children they claim are theirs.
Despite the progress over the weekend, a number of questions remained Monday.
"Let me put it this way: I think the government in the last 48 hours ... has taken significant steps", Gelernt said.