The Trump administration will only reunite about 60 percent of the children between ages 5-17 that are currently in government custody.
A federal court filing submitted on Thursday night revealed that “just over 900 — have been labeled ‘ineligible’ for reunification, because the parent either has a criminal record, is undergoing ‘further evaluation,’ or waived their right to be reunified,” according to Talking Points Memo.
Despite a court order to immediately return children to their parents’ custody, the Trump administration has so far returned only 364 children out of 2,551 being held in separate facilities.
The filing claims that two parents must first serve sentences before being transferred to ICE while 91 have a “prohibitive criminal record,” 136 waived reunification, and 679 will be subjected to “further evaluation,” according to TPM.
The ACLU is fighting to release more information about parents who are still being “evaluated.” Lee Gelernt, the Deputy Director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, told CNN: “That’s a very large number but the government as usual has not provided us sufficient information to evaluate these cases.”
Here’s the full status report filed on Thursday night: