FAMILY SEPARATIONS UPDATE

Ms. L (the ACLU case challenging child separations in San Diego) 

Yesterday, the parties in Ms. L filed a joint status report (attached) addressing reunification updates.  The Trump administration states that there are still 528 children in ORR custody (down from 565 on August 16).  Of these, 139 have parents who allegedly indicated a desire against reunification, 343 have parents presently outside the U.S., 29 have parents who have been released to the interior, and 17 have parents who have been red flagged for case review. 

Per Defendants’ Revised Reunification Plan, Defendants provided the ACLU with parent contact information for all 343 children with parents outside the U.S.  Plaintiffs indicate that 231 parents have been successfully contacted.  Of these, 10 have been reunified in their home countries, 15 are ready for reunification, 183 have preliminarily indicated a desire for reunification, and 23 require ongoing discussions regarding reunification.

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On August 16, the parties in Ms. L (the ACLU case challenging child separations in San Diego) submitted a joint status report (attached) addressing reunification updates.

The Trump administration stated that there are still 565 children in ORR custody.  (As of August 2, there were 572.)  DHS/USDOJ also noted that the adults associated with these children are either not eligible for reunification or are not available for discharge at this time, and that this number is approximate because the data on children in care
is still being updated.

The parties in Ms. L each filed a notice regarding Defendants’ Revised Interagency Plan for Reunification of Separated Minors with Removed Parents (“Reunification Plan”).  In sum, the parties have reached
agreement except as to the issue of whether removed parents may return to the U.S. to be reunited with their children.

The Reunification Plan describes roles, responsibilities, and activities for U.S. government agencies to effect the reunification of minors currently in the care of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) who were separated from class member parents by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
(DHS), and who have been removed or have departed from the United States or released from the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

 The plan for reunification has five processes:
o   Identify and Resolve Safety/Parentage Concerns
o   Establish contact with parents who have been removed from the United States
o   Determine parent’s intention for child
o   Resolve immigration status of minors to allow reunification
o   Transport minors to their respective countries of origin (COO)

For purposes of fulfilling Judge Sabraw’s requirement that the Trump Admin identify an “accountable individual or team,” each Cabinet Department (U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and U.S. Department of State) has designated a lead responsible for coordinating resource requests to the respective Department and serving as point of contact for interagency partners to ensure unity
of effort and effective interagency collaboration.

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP

ACLU  https://www.aclu.org/families-belong-together

Immigrant Defenders https://www.immdef.org/donate

Lupe  https://lupenet.ourpowerbase.net/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=18

Neta  https://netargv.com/2018/06/06/take-action-help-asylum-seekers-at-the-us-port-of-entries-rio-grande-valley/  

Texas Civil Rights Project  https://texascivilrightsproject.org/

RAICES   https://actionnetwork.org/groups/raices-refugee-and-immigrant-center-for-education-and-legal-services

#freeourfamilies Family Reunification Bond Fund https://actionnetwork.org/fundraising/bondfund?source=direct_link