WH: 500 Illegal Minors Reunited with Their Families

By Melanie Arter | June 29, 2018 | 5:23pm EDT

(CNSNews.com) - The Trump administration has made progress reuniting illegal minors with their parents, reunifying more than 500 children so far, the White House said Thursday.

“HHS, DHS, and DOJ are continuing to work through ensuring that remaining children are reunified with their parents,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Lindsay Walters told reporters Thursday on board Air Force One en route to Joint Base Andrews in Camp Springs, Md.

“Again, they need to go through a process to ensure that the children who are going to be reunified are placed back with either the person who is their parent or a sponsor. There is a vetting process that takes place to ensure that the child's well-being is being put first,” she said.

When asked whether the administration will be able to meet the court order requiring all illegal immigrant families to be reunited within 30 days, Walters said, “The court ruling two days ago clearly shows the need for congressional action to fix our broken immigration system.

“This ruling further complicates the already convoluted judicial ruling that makes effective enforcement impossible. The injunction must be removed immediately or we can't keep the country safe, and the president has made his position on this very clear, how he feels about securing our border and protecting our communities here in America,” she said.

On Tuesday, a federal judge in California ordered the Trump administration to reunite all illegal immigrant families within 30 days. Children under the age of five must be reunited within five days. Within 10 days, parents must be allowed to call their children on the phone.

“The facts set forth before the court portray reactive governance — responses to address a chaotic circumstance of the government’s own making. They belie measured and ordered governance, which is central to the concept of due process enshrined in our Constitution,” U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw wrote in her opinion.



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