ACLU Comment on Today’s Family Reunification Court Hearing

July 24, 2018 9:30 am

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SAN DIEGO — The Trump administration today acknowledged it may have deported as many as 463 parents without their children and told a federal judge it still did not have precise information about the status of these families. The court had ordered the government to turn over these details by last Friday.

Government attorneys made the statements during a status conference on the family reunification effort. The American Civil Liberties Union won a nationwide injunction requiring reunification of children under 5 by July 10 and all children by July 26.

There will be additional briefing tomorrow and the parties will be back in court on Friday.

“The Trump administration’s lack of transparency is now bordering on stonewalling,” said Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, adding, “And no one should forget that the government’s claim that it will meet the reunification deadline is based on its exclusion of parents it has deported or can’t locate, as well as on its unilateral, unchecked decision of who is eligible to be reunited or not.”

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