Trump officials urge court against delaying deportation for reunited families

Trump officials urge court against delaying deportation for reunited families
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The government is urging a federal district court judge to deny a request from immigration advocates to give migrant parents who have been reunited with their children seven days to decide whether to be deported as a family or alone.

Under a timeline approved by the court, migrant parents are now given 48 hours to make that determination.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has asked the court for a temporary stay to give parents time to fully discuss the ramifications of their decision with their children and talk with the child’s advocate or lawyer about the likelihood of the child being granted asylum if left behind.


ACLU said the decision has become even more complex since Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsThe Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine — Trump, Congress prepare for new border wall fight The Memo: Trump and McCabe go to war McCabe book: Sessions once said FBI was better off when it 'only hired Irishmen' MORE announced that the U.S. will no longer grants asylum to victims of gang violence and domestic abuse.

“Had the families not been separated in the first place, they would have been together to discuss their options, and their cases would have remained on the same track, without a separate child advocate assigned to assess the child’s case,” the ACLU argued in a court filing.

“A one-week stay is a reasonable and appropriate remedy to ensure that the unimaginable trauma these families have suffered does not turn even worse because parents made an uninformed decision about the fate of their child.”

But the government is pushing the court to reject that request in a new court filing Tuesday. Attorneys with the Department of Justice argued the government offered to address ACLU’s concerns and give families four days to make the decision.

“The court already granted class-member parents who are subject to final removal order adequate time to make a sound choice regarding whether to exercise or waive the reunification rights provided to them by the court’s injunction – indeed, plaintiffs proposed the very 48-hours the court approved,” Justice Department attorneys argued.

The government further argued that requiring a parent to choose whether to leave their child in the U.S. is inconsistent with the court’s order for the government to reunited families.

Judge Dana Sabraw has ordered the Trump administration to reunite all families who are separated at the border by Thursday, July 26.

Administration officials estimated earlier this week that more than 450 parents may have been deported without their children. The court is scheduled to hold a conference call in the case on Tuesday evening.

Updated at 5:27 p.m.