Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project and the lead lawyer who argued for the preliminary injunction, said in a July 8 press release that the request for more time was unacceptable given the levels of trauma the children have already been subjected to.
Meekins went on to explain that three "parents" admitted they were not actually related to the children with whom they were ordered to be "reunited" when agents brought out DNA swabs to test parentage.
"Our process may not be as quick as some would like, but there is no question it is protecting children", said Chris Meekins, a Health and Human Services Department official helping to direct the process.
"Records show the parent and child might be US citizens", lawyers for the government wrote in the filing.
Most of the parents will be released into the USA from immigration detention centers, and the children will be freed from government-contracted shelters.
Disagreements arise when it comes to the protocols to be followed in more complicated reunification cases. Yet in a disturbing investigation published Monday, BuzzFeed News has found that to not be the case, detailing the stories of several women who say they were ignored, roughly handled, shackled around the belly, and denied urgent medical care - even as they were miscarrying their children. Some detained parents had been released from custody and could not be contacted.
Abril Valdez of the ACLU of MI said the government was "vague" on the time and place of the reunifications that could come on Tuesday (Wednesday NZT) for two Honduran men he represents.
The government separated the families as part of the Trump administration's effort to criminally prosecute all immigrants who cross the U.S. -Mexico border illegally, including those who are seeking asylum.
Sabraw said Tuesday that "full background checks of other adults in the household are not necessary under these unique circumstances".
Rodriguez said the commander running the shelter at Tornillo told him that none of the children there would be housed at Fort Bliss, one of two Texas military bases that the Pentagon has said will likely house thousands of immigrants who have been apprehended at the border.
Numerous separated children are fleeing violence in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, and U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen met with diplomats from those countries in Guatemala on Tuesday to discuss U.S. immigration policies. Tell people not to come to our country illegally. "They will not remain in ICE custody". A Honduran boy would remain with a foster family while the father remained in custody, although Krause said it was not clear to her why. She said the kids were blameless and such an arrangement was not in their best interest.
In court filings, the ACLU has said the government is asking for needless provisions for reuniting families that would not happen if the families had not been separated in the first place.
The American Civil Liberties Union, which is representing the parents in a class-action lawsuit, said USA officials "have not even tried" to return 12 children to parents who were deported, and said officials should have more quickly found eight parents who have been released in the United States.
The government has reportedly struggled to offer exact information about the number of children separated from their parents.
The Legal Aid Society in NY said it is representing at least two children under five who meet the judge's criteria for reunification on Tuesday. A longtime court settlement says children who cross the border illegally can not be detained for more than 20 days.