46 days after a court deadline, Trump admin continues slow-walking migrant family reunification

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 31: Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) called on Homeland Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to step down during a hearing with Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-NH) (L) and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse in the Senate Judiciary Committee in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill July 31, 2018 in Washington, DC. The committee questioned officials from the Boarder Patrol, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Justice about the separation of children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border at the government's efforts to reunify those families. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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Monday, Sept. 10, marks 46 days since Judge Dana Sabraw’s July 26 deadline, yet the Trump administration has continued to slow-walk migrant family reunification, leaving hundreds of kidnapped migrant children still separated from their parents.

According to updated numbers, the Trump administration still has 416 children under U.S. custody, including 14 kids age 5 and under. The parents of 304 of those children have already been deported, including six kids age 5 and under.

Under the previous update, the officials had 497 children under custody, including 22 kids age 5 and under. Weeks past a court order, the numbers are barely moving, and when every day in custody is another day of trauma, this is unacceptable.

Additionally, under the updated numbers, 199 children are still under U.S. custody because their parents “indicated desire against reunification or waived reunification rights.

But according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), “many parents” did so under duress and did not understand what they were signing. With families still separated in blatant violation of a court order, family separation remains a crisis.

Do not forget the children. Do not rest until they’re free from their daily trauma and in the arms of their parents once again. Do not forget who jailed them all in the first place and do not stop calling for them to be held accountable for their cruelty.

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