WASHINGTON D.C. (News4Utah)- Immigrant kids under the age of five who were separated from their families, must be reunited by Tuesday, according to a court order but the government already said – they won’t meet the deadline.
A U.S. District Court judge turned down a request to give the Trump administration more time to reunite immigrant kids with their families.
The Department of Health and Human Services says just over 100 kids under the age of five were separated from their parents, under zero tolerance. Agency officials told the judge they think they can reunite more than 50 by Tuesday’s deadline.
California Republican Congressman Jeff Denham is critical of how the administration is handling the issue.
“There’s no reason they shouldn’t have an exact, I would say not only exact but to the moment, know exactly where each of these individual kids are,” he said.
Linda Chavez worked for the Reagan administration and is the Director of the Becoming American Initiative. She says if the deadlines aren’t met officials could be held accountable.
“It is conceivable that the judge, in this case, will issue a contempt citing and my supposition would be that would be for the official who was overall responsible.”
Chavez also questions the administration’s position of prosecuting asylum seekers who cross illegally
The next deadline is two weeks, by then the court expects all of the children separated under zero tolerance to be reunited. There are nearly three thousand kids.