(CNSNews.com) -- Roughly one-in-five of the children who illegally entered the United States with their alleged parents could not be reunited because the adult was not the child’s actual parent or the adult presented some danger to the child, according to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). These cases related specifically to a court order issued by Judge Dana Sabraw, who serves on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.
Under the July 4 order, the HHS, Homeland Security (DHS), and Justice Department (DOJ) rejoined 103 children under 5 years old (being held by HHS) with their illegal alien “parents” (being held by DHS).
The family separation issue was a result of adult aliens illegally entering the United States and being referred for criminal prosecution. The reunifications were completed on July 12.
In following the order, however, the Department of Health and Human Services discovered that for the 103 alien children, 11 of the alleged parents had a “serious criminal history,” which included charges for “child cruelty, kidnapping, murder, human smuggling” and “domestic violence.”
This affected 22 children who were found ineligible to be reunited because of the "safety concerns posed by the adults in question," said the HHS.
“Throughout the reunification process our goal has been the well-being of the children and returning them to a safe environment,” stated the HHS. “Our agencies’ careful vetting procedures helped prevent the reunification of children with an alleged murderer, an adult convicted of child cruelty, and adults determined not to be the parent of the child.”
The HHS reported that the 11 illegal alien "parents" have the following criminal records:
- Warrant for murder in Guatemala.
- Child cruelty and narcotics convictions.
- Suspected transnational criminal organization involvement and human trafficking.
- Outstanding criminal warrant in El Salvador.
- 2 DUI convictions.
- Significant criminal history including assault conviction.
- Outstanding warrant in Florida for DUI.
- DUIs, assault, stolen vehicle.
- Robbery conviction.
- Wanted by El Salvador.
- Criminal charges including assault.
“Of course, there remains a tremendous amount of hard work and similar obstacles facing our teams in reuniting the remaining families,” said the HHS. “The Trump administration does not approach this mission lightly, and we intend to continue our good faith efforts to reunify families.”
“Certain facts remain: The American people gave this administration a mandate to end the lawlessness at the border, and President Trump is keeping his promise to do exactly that,” reported the HHS. “Our message has been clear all along: Do not risk your own life or the life of your child by attempting to enter the United States illegally. Apply lawfully and wait your turn.”