Hours before court deadline, ACLU says admin will likely fail to reunite half of kids under age 5
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said that the Trump administration, under court order, has provided the group with a list of 102 separated migrant children under five years old who must be reunited with their parents by Tuesday, July 10. But according to the group, “the administration appears likely to fail to reunite even half by deadline.”
“The Justice Department asked U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw for more time last week but the judge on Friday did not grant a blanket extension,” the Associated Press reported, “saying only that he would consider certain exceptions.”
Under the judge’s order—the George W. Bush appointee said these “‘chaotic circumstances’ were of the government’s own making”—the administration must reunite kids under five by tomorrow, and all kids by July 26. But there’s no indication that the administration met the judge’s July 6 deadline requiring all separated kids be able to communicate with their parents. The administration can’t even say for sure how many kids have been kidnapped from parents in the first place.