Courtesy of TPM:
With the deadline for reuniting thousands of separated immigrant families less than a week away, the Trump administration revealed in a federal court filing late Thursday night that it plans to reunite just about 60 percent of the children between ages 5-17 that are in its custody. The rest — just over 900 — have been labeled ‘ineligible’ for reunification, because the parent either has a criminal record, is undergoing ‘further evaluation,’ or waived their right to be reunified.
Just 364 families with children older than 5 years old, out of a total of 2551, have been reunited so far, though 848 parents have been cleared for reunification, and 272 are likely to be cleared after they are interviewed by ICE.
Of those the government is deeming ineligible, it claims two must serve sentences before they can be transferred to ICE, 91 have a “prohibitive criminal record,” 136 waived reunification, and 679 will be subjected to further evaluation.
In the administration’s filing, the number of children it has deemed eligible for reunification and the number deemed ineligible do not add up to the total number of children identified in the class — falling 37 short. The Department of Health and Human Services, the agency overseeing the children’s detention and reunification, did not respond to TPM’s inquiry about the discrepancy.
Keep in mind that the ONLY reason these kids are not with their families in the first place is that they were taken away after they crossed the border.
To take a parent’s child away, and then blame the parent for why you cannot reunite them is the cruelest of all cruelties.
Simply put America never had any right to take these children away from people simply seeking a better way of life, and if that happened it should be seen as a top priority to see them reunified.