Two weeks ago, U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw in San Diego issued an order to the Trump Administration to reunite the thousands of immigrant children separated from their parents. The order provided the administration with 15 days to reunite children under the age of 5 and 30 days to reunite all others. It now appears as if the Trump administration will clearly miss this deadline by a wide margin.
During the June 27th ruling, the Judge stated that “Measures were not in place to provide for communication between governmental agencies responsible for detaining parents and those responsible for housing children, or to provide for ready communication between separated parents and children. There was no reunification plan in place, and families have been separated for months.”
Her comments appear to be ringing true, as now the American Civil Liberties Union has come out and said that the administration gave them a list of 102 children who were under the age of 5 and that it “appears likely that less than half will be reunited” by Judge Dana Sabraw’s deadline, which is Tuesday, July 10.
“It’s extremely disappointing that the Trump administration looks like it will fail to reunite even half the children under 5 with their parent,” said ACLU attorney Lee Gelernt. “These kids have already suffered so much because of this policy, and every extra day apart just adds to that pain.”
If the deadline is not reached, as it appears it will not, it is unclear what exactly would happen. It would, however, be considered by many a constitutional crisis, and those families suing the government would appear to have quite an interesting case. They could potentially argue that the US government violated their constitutional rights.