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Here's the latest status report in the Ms. L case (family separation class action): As of 9/10, the govt had reunited 8 more kids with parents and discharged 24 kids (to sponsors, for instance)…
This week's report (left pic) organizes the numbers differently from last week's (right pic). The govt has characterized a large number of parents, in the US and outside of the US, as no longer part of the covered class, b/c the ACLU has confirmed they don't wish to be reunified
So basically, per this latest chart from the govt, there are 211 kids in ORR care who the govt is working to reunify with a parent or discharge to a sponsor, or
who the govt and the ACLU are still trying to figure out if they're eligible for reunification
Today the ACLU also filed a brief challenging the govt's decision to deny reunification for two parents and their kids because of a criminal record, arguing it's not the kind of criminal history that merits keeping them apart:…
And here's the govt's response:…
Following up on this thread from last night, here's the latest in the Ms. L case (family separations class action): At a status hearing this afternoon, the judge said the proposed settlement about how to deal with asylum claims (see:…) appears "excellent"
Pending final approval by the court (a class needs to be certified, and class members covered by the settlement will get an opportunity to object), the judge gave the parties the green light to start taking steps to put the provisions of the agreement into action
Judge Dana Sabraw also said he was encouraged by the progress that the govt and lawyers for separated families were making in contacting parents (esp. parents out of the country) and figuring out which kids still in custody are eligible for reunification (see above for #s)
Sabraw praised the HHS official overseeing reunification efforts, Jonathan White. Thinking back to when these court hearings first started in July, the tone has definitely changed, although DOJ and ACLU did spar today over denial of reunification for parents w/ a criminal history
See above for links to the filings on the issue of whether DOJ is properly excluding from reunification parents with certain criminal histories — this briefing deals with two parents, but ACLU lawyer indicated more challenges might be coming. Judge said he'd issue a ruling soon
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