Over 1800 U.S. child migrants reunited

Trump admin may have deported hundreds of parents without kids

U.S.: 463 migrants may have been deported without their children

-Mexican border have been reunited with their families, the US government said in a court filing on Thursday. Another 378 were released "in other appropriate circumstances", including discharges to other sponsors or children who had turned 18 years old.

The parents were "effectively being tortured" by the knowledge they accidentally signed forms waiving the right to their child, Lee Gelernt, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union, said after the hearing. The Office of Refugee Resettlement is an agency of department.

Parents with a final removal order have 48 hours to decide if they want to leave the USA as a family or let their children stay and seek asylum. The number includes some parents whom the government can't locate and those who authorities aren't certain are the parents of separated children.

"Nobody chooses to be separated, unlike what this administration is saying", Senator Catherine Cortez Masto said.

All the parents, with their children, sought to migrate to the U.S. Many, if not most, claimed political asylum, fleeing wars, gangs and related violence in Central America.

But he insisted that finding the deported parents must be the "the second stage".

"As experts in medical and mental health in detention settings", the doctors wrote, "we watched in horror as innocent children were forcibly separated from their parents as the administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy was deployed". Another 538 parents are in government custody and cleared for reunification but waiting on transportation for reunification.

He asked Congress to pass legislation to allow the detention of children and parents together without the time limits imposed under a court case called the Flores Settlement and a subsequent ruling interpreted as setting a 20-day average time limit.

Immigration advocates said the government's push to meet the court's deadline to reunite families was marred by confusion, and one said children had disappeared into a "black hole".

Trump admin may have deported hundreds of parents without kids

On Tuesday the ACLU filed a further motion to delay deportations of any parent for a week after being reunited with their children.

Some parents were deported while their children remain in USA detention, and in cases when separated children and parents both remained in the United States, they were often housed across the country from each other, complicating reunification efforts. Information about these exclusions "was too general to be useful", ACLU said.

The controversial separations began in May, when migrants illegally entering the United States were detained en masse, and their children taken to detention centers and shelters.

The timeline on reuniting those still separated is unclear.

"It's the reality of a policy that was in place that resulted in large numbers of families being separated without forethought as to reunification and keeping track of people", Sabraw said, noting the number that would not be reunified on time.

But the pace has been slow; children and parents are being housed in different parts of the country, while many adults have been deported. A court hearing was scheduled for Thursday.

The government is now preparing to deport as many as 1,000 of the parents who have a final deportation order lodged against them.

On a call with reporters on Thursday, workers with the legal immigration nonprofit Kids In Need of Defense said that the group's lawyers had repeatedly described working with clients who were not being afforded enough time or resources to make informed decisions about how to navigate the chaotic immigration channels on offer in the U.S.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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