Officials said testing on 102 migrant children under 5 years old revealed five cases in which adults claiming to be parents actually were not, including two in which the results came as a surprise to the adults. "Throughout the reunification process our goal has been the well-being of the children and returning them to a safe environment".
Authorities said in a call with reporters Tuesday that they were performing "due diligence" in reuniting the children and their parents, arguing that the Homeland Security and Health and Human Services departments are working jointly in an effort to vet and reunite families as quickly and safely as possible. As for the 64 children who remain in custody, the administration provided a list of excuses that includes reasons behind the failure to reunify 64 of the children, such as eight "parents had serious criminal history" or one "parent detained in ICE custody is now being treated for a communicable disease".
Rights advocates have blamed the USA government's poor technology for difficulties tracking children across multiple government agencies involved in their detention and care. HHS Chief of Staff in the Office of Preparedness and Response Chris Meekins told NPR, "HHS is complying with the court order to reunify children separated at the border from their parents".
"We have an adult who was charged with smuggling", he said, "an adult convicted of child cruelty and narcotics, an adult with domestic violence charges, an adult wanted for murder in their home country". At least nine will not be reunited by the deadline because their parents were deported without them. The administration uncovered one case in which the "parent's location has been unknown for more than a year", according to a recent court filing.
One child has not been matched with a parent, Fabian said.
The three fathers were "just holding them and hugging them and telling them that everything was fine and that they were never going to be separated again", said immigration lawyer Abril Valdes.
The reunification process has highlighted how traumatic the Trump administration's decision to separate children has been.
The administration additionally lost in an attempt to overturn a 1997 court precedent that says minors can not be held for more than 20 days.
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"Things have taken a real step forward", Mr Gelernt said. Advocates for parents have complained that several of them may not have fully understood the paperwork they were signing when they agreed to their solo deportation. DHS is attempting to contact those individuals, Albence said.
The government has been under court-imposed deadlines for reunification, stemming from a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of a woman who was separated from her child under the policy.
As of midday on Tuesday, the government had reunited four children under the age of five with their parents, but said in court documents it might be able to reunite as many as 51 more that day. "Accordingly, by the end of the day we will decide what remedies to recommend to the court for the non-compliance".
The reporter interjected: Would the government list all of the reasons the 11 adults were deemed ineligible?
Sabraw approved on Tuesday the ACLU's suggested legal notice that will be provided to immigrant parents, which explains they have a right to be reunited and remain in the country to pursue asylum.
The government said early this week that it had 102 children under age 5 in custody, but officials increased that number to 103 on Thursday.
One of them might be a child of a US citizen, the Justice Department acknowledged Tuesday when it notified a federal judge about the progress being made to complete more than 100 reunions. The court has set a July 26 deadline for those children to be reunified.