ACLU Comment on Trump Administration Reunification Numbers for Children Under 5

July 12, 2018 10:00 am

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SAN DIEGO — The Trump administration says it has reunited 57 children under 5 that it forcibly separated from their parents. The deadline to reunify all the children under 5 was July 10. The government did not even reunite these 57 children by that deadline.

The American Civil Liberties Union won a June 26 preliminary injunction requiring reunification of children under 5 within 14 days, and all children within 30 days.

Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, had this reaction:

“If in fact 57 children have been reunited because of the lawsuit, we could not be more happy for those families. But make no mistake about it: the government missed the deadline even for these 57 children. Accordingly, by the end of the day we will decide what remedies to recommend to the court for the non-compliance.”

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