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“We're talking about people,” says judge Trump admin. immigrant family lawyers

Breaking News Emails Get urgent news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that play a role, delivered everyday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Feb. 22, 2019, 1:44 AM GMT By Julia Ainsley WASHINGTON &#821 1; The federal judge who supervised the reunification of immigrant families separated at the southern border by the Trump administration told the government lawyers on Thursday that it would be arbitrary to leaving the trial children separated before the president's "zero tolerance" policy came into force in April 2018. US Civil Liberties Union attorneys pushed Judge Dana Sabraw of Southern California to order the government to re-unite potentially thousands of children separated under a pilot program beginning in July 2017. A report by the inspector's general secretary of health and medical services, based on interviews with HHS employees, estimated that thousands of children were separated from their parents at the border months before then – Attorney General Jeff Sessions began "zero tolerance" -policy that accused all parents a To get into the country legally while their children waited in separate custody. As a result of the report, ACLU asked Sabraw to include the parents of these children in the same group as those affected by zero tolerance, whose reunification he ordered last summer. Sabraw said he would continue to consider ACLU's movement, but seemed inclined to grant it. "It's important to admit that we're talking about people," Sabraw told Scott Stewart, a Justice Department lawyer. Stewart argued that including parents separated from their children as far back…

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1; The federal judge who supervised the reunification of immigrant families separated at the southern border by the Trump administration told the government lawyers on Thursday that it would be arbitrary to leaving the trial children separated before the president’s “zero tolerance” policy came into force in April 2018.

US Civil Liberties Union attorneys pushed Judge Dana Sabraw of Southern California to order the government to re-unite potentially thousands of children separated under a pilot program beginning in July 2017.

A report by the inspector’s general secretary of health and medical services, based on interviews with HHS employees, estimated that thousands of children were separated from their parents at the border months before then – Attorney General Jeff Sessions began “zero tolerance” -policy that accused all parents a To get into the country legally while their children waited in separate custody.

As a result of the report, ACLU asked Sabraw to include the parents of these children in the same group as those affected by zero tolerance, whose reunification he ordered last summer. Sabraw said he would continue to consider ACLU’s movement, but seemed inclined to grant it.

“It’s important to admit that we’re talking about people,” Sabraw told Scott Stewart, a Justice Department lawyer.

Stewart argued that including parents separated from their children as far back as July 2017 in the trial “dramatically changing complexity in this case from government perspective.”

“We’ve been trying to be a good partner,” Sa Stewart. “It is very unfortunate to have done all that [and then] to get the task to fly openly.”

Stewart suggested that parents whose children were taken from them before zero tolerance should file elsewhere or through “informal channels”. [19659007] “We’re not saying they can’t be reunited. We say it’s just not part of the class that the court has certified, it’s not part of this case. And if there are people in this category who want to seek relief, there are courts, there are informal channels available to do so, Stewart says.

Judge Sabraw said the first step in his order, if he were to issue it, would be to make an account of all parents and children Separated between July 2017 and April 2018, when zero tolerance came into force, he said he might consider other remedies, such as different timelines, but that the central action would be reunification.

Lawyer Lee Lawernt, ACLU, said his organization would compile a steering committee to call and find the parents of the separated children.

“We cannot go back to these communities and tell them we will not Make the effort, “Gelernt said.” I suspect there are parents who want their children back and not able to. “

Some parents separated during zero tolerance chose to be deported while the children stayed in the US to seek asylum. Both the government and the ACLU confirmed that some parents separated before zero tolerance may have made the same decision.

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