Nearly 600 Immigrant Kids Remain in Federal Custody After Court Deadline to Reunite Them With Parents

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Nearly a month after the federal court deadline for the Trump administration to reunite separated immigrant families, 565 children are still stuck in government custody, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.

As of August 16, the fates of 366 of those kids, including six under the age of five, were in limbo because the feds had already deported their parents without a plan for reuniting them, the organization said.

The ACLU is working to bring together the separated families even after a federal judge blasted the Trump administration's claim that immigrant-rights groups, not the government, should be in charge of the process. District Judge Dana Sabraw called the administration's foot-dragging "unacceptable" and said the responsibility is "100%" on the government.

Since then, though, the court has ordered both the ACLU and the administration work jointly on a plan to reunite the families. But federal officials only turned over a list of phone numbers for deported parents two weeks ago, and the ACLU says many of those are now inoperable.



"The fact of the matter is that many parents may be in hiding, considering that they have all been deported to countries which they fled in the first place," strategist Amrit Cheng said on the civil rights group's website.

It's a safe bet the ALCU will forcefully bring up those concerns when it returns to court today to update the judge on the reunification process.

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