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One child separated from his mother and father may very well be American – and never eligible for reunification

Because the federal authorities races to reunite the youngsters it separated from mother and father, one youngster beneath the age of 5 seems to face alone: She or he could also be an American citizen.

In a court docket submitting Tuesday, the Justice Division included the kid in a bit known as: “Not eligible for reunification.” Its clarification: “1 youngster can’t be reunified presently as a result of the mother or father’s location has been unknown for greater than a 12 months. Defendants are unable to conclusively decide whether or not the mother or father is a category member, and information present the mother or father and youngster may be U.S. residents.”

A spokesperson for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement mentioned in an electronic mail to CBS Information that the kid’s mother or father will not be at present in ICE custody. The kid is at present within the custody of the Division of Well being and Human Companies’ Workplace of Refugee Resettlement. A spokesperson for the company mentioned it couldn’t present extra particulars about what indication there’s that this youngster and mother or father could also be U.S. residents, how the kid got here to be in federal custody or the place the kid is at present sheltered.

Lee Gelernt, an ACLU lawyer concerned within the lawsuit that led a federal decide to order the federal government to reunite households that had been separated after crossing the Mexican border, mentioned in textual content messages to CBS Information that the ACLU has been unable to study something extra in regards to the youngster. 

Gelernt added that the kid by no means ought to have landed within the custody of immigration officers. 

“Sadly we do not have more information but,” Gelernt mentioned. “We’re looking for out ASAP, as a result of that youngster in fact shouldn’t have been in immigration custody within the first place.”

As of noon on Tuesday, the federal government had reunited 4 kids beneath the age of 5 with their mother and father, however mentioned in court docket paperwork it’d have the ability to reunite as many as 51 extra that day. The federal government has not since publicly up to date its figures, however it’s scheduled to submit a brand new submitting to the court docket Thursday.

The federal government has till July 26 to reunite practically 2,800 different kids, ages 5 by way of 17, at present in its custody.

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