More than 200 children from separated immigrant families remain in US custody

More than 200 children from separated undocumented immigrant families remain in US custody, officials said i...

Posted: Oct 16, 2018 12:10 PM
Updated: Oct 16, 2018 12:10 PM

More than 200 children from separated undocumented immigrant families remain in US custody, officials said in a court filing Monday night.

Most of the 245 children in custody have parents who were removed from the United States -- 175 children, according to the latest government tally.

Law and legal system

Lawsuits and claims

Trial and procedure

Children

Continents and regions

Demographic groups

Families and children

Family members and relatives

North America

Population and demographics

Society

The Americas

United States

Parents and parenting

American Civil Liberties Union

Non-profit and NGO organizations

Immigration

Immigration, citizenship and displacement

International relations and national security

Of those, only 18 children are currently in the pipeline to reunite with their parents in their countries of origin, according to court documents. Deported parents of 125 kids in custody have said they don't want their children to be returned to the countries of origin. And there are 32 children in government custody for whom the American Civil Liberties Union has not yet provided notice of whether parents want to reunify or decline reunification, officials said.

An additional approximately 70 children who remain in custody include 27 whose parents are in the US but have chosen not to be reunified with their children, as well as 26 whose parents have been deemed unfit to be reunified. That tally also includes 13 children the US government is working to discharge who have parents in the US. The government says three other children can't be reunited with parents who are in the US at this time because there are red flags for safety or a parent is in criminal detention.

The new numbers appeared in the latest federal court filing in the ACLU class action case over family separations. They come as the Trump administration considers a new pilot program that could result in the separations of kids and parents once again.

A status hearing in the family separations case is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.

In June, US District Judge Dana Sabraw ordered the government to reunite most of the families it had divided, including parents and children who had been separated as a result of the government's now-reversed "zero tolerance" policy at the border and some separations that occurred before that policy was put in place.

Since then, 2,070 children have been discharged from government custody and reunited with parents, according to Monday's court filing.

And so far, 79 of those children have been reunited with parents in their countries of origin. Officials have faced major hurdles trying to reach the deported parents of children who remain in custody in the United States.

The ACLU is still struggling to reach some parents -- at least five, according to the latest tally -- to determine whether they want their children sent back to them in their countries of origin or prefer for them to remain in the US to have a chance at winning asylum.

Officials have stressed that the numbers are constantly changing, and attorneys are still debating them as they meet to sort out the next steps in the case.

In the joint filing, attorneys raised several issues that will likely come up in court on Tuesday:

  • Government attorneys responded to concerns raised by plaintiffs' attorneys that they aren't doing enough to swiftly implement a settlement agreement that dictates the next steps for parents and children in reunified families who are seeking asylum. "Defendants have significant concerns -- legal, practical, and equitable -- with the complete and immediate implementation that Plaintiffs have demanded," the filing says.

  • The ACLU noted that it remains concerned about government decisions to remove children and parents from lists of class members or children in government custody.

  • Government attorneys noted they've been working on improving communication and advance notification about repatriation flights. The ACLU says it "continues to raise concerns about timely information for repatriations" with government attorneys as they arise.

Huntsville
Few Clouds
63° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 62°
Feels Like: 63°
Florence
Overcast
67° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 63°
Feels Like: 67°
Fayetteville
Clear
62° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 61°
Feels Like: 62°
Decatur
Clear
62° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 61°
Feels Like: 62°
Scottsboro
Overcast
63° wxIcon
Hi: 77° Lo: 61°
Feels Like: 63°
WAAY Radar
WAAY WAAY-TV Cam
WAAY Temperatures

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 134231

Reported Deaths: 2357
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson19572348
Mobile13320292
Montgomery8811183
Tuscaloosa8586117
Madison782078
Shelby592349
Lee588759
Baldwin545650
Marshall393343
Calhoun349942
Etowah343945
Morgan327328
Houston280221
Elmore265947
DeKalb240620
St. Clair230835
Walker230683
Talladega214628
Limestone208820
Cullman189020
Dallas178326
Franklin176729
Autauga175725
Russell17573
Lauderdale169833
Colbert164126
Blount160815
Escambia160324
Chilton156431
Jackson156011
Covington138527
Dale135844
Coffee13206
Pike119410
Chambers116142
Tallapoosa115685
Clarke108916
Marion95729
Butler91639
Barbour8737
Winston73812
Marengo71620
Pickens65614
Lowndes65327
Bibb65210
Randolph64213
Hale63428
Lawrence61623
Geneva6074
Cherokee60313
Bullock59914
Monroe5848
Clay5797
Washington55613
Perry5416
Crenshaw53632
Conecuh53511
Wilcox53111
Henry4935
Macon48119
Fayette4508
Sumter43519
Lamar3662
Cleburne3646
Choctaw34912
Greene30315
Coosa1683
Out of AL00
Unassigned00

Tennessee Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 189454

Reported Deaths: 2352
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Shelby30613455
Davidson26381303
Hamilton937494
Knox929875
Rutherford924089
Williamson519836
Sumner479497
Wilson345344
Putnam327740
Montgomery304544
Unassigned29474
Bradley291417
Out of TN284426
Madison283264
Sevier259615
Blount250424
Maury232923
Washington227635
Robertson220335
Sullivan214833
Hamblen189926
Tipton180519
Trousdale16537
Gibson163622
Hardeman155826
Wayne14955
Dyer135014
Bedford132817
Dickson125015
Coffee121013
Cumberland119218
Fayette118319
Weakley117619
Henderson116924
Anderson116513
Carter115828
Obion115610
Loudon11546
Greene114244
McMinn111325
Jefferson111014
Warren10477
Macon104620
Monroe103018
Lawrence102312
Hardin102216
Lauderdale97916
Haywood96819
Franklin9639
Lake9182
Roane8854
McNairy87618
Carroll87420
Bledsoe8544
White8309
Rhea82112
Cheatham80510
Hawkins79618
Marshall7495
Cocke7439
Overton7355
Smith71311
Johnson6962
Chester62310
Henry6189
Lincoln6111
Giles59117
Hickman5738
DeKalb56114
Crockett53619
Marion5258
Decatur5127
Fentress4933
Claiborne4415
Campbell4394
Polk38810
Grainger3723
Union3531
Benton3369
Jackson3245
Morgan3153
Unicoi2851
Cannon2830
Grundy2835
Humphreys2463
Sequatchie2312
Meigs2263
Clay2245
Houston2143
Scott2132
Stewart1982
Lewis1961
Moore1691
Van Buren1640
Perry1500
Pickett1142
Hancock1063

Community Events