UPDATED: June 26, 10:36 a.m.
On Tuesday, the government responded to the ACLU's complaint. Read the full response here.
A federal judge in San Diego is expected to rule this week on what to do for roughly 2,000 immigrant children still being held in facilities far from their parents, and whether to limit future separations except with rare exceptions.
On Monday, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a proposal for the court to consider. The June 25 brief urges U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw to require the government to:
- Reunify all children with their parents within 30 days, and within 10 days for children under 5 years old, except where the government has clear evidence that the parent is unfit or a danger to the child, or the parent is in a criminal facility that does not house minors;
- Provide parents, within seven days, telephone contact with their children;
- Stop separating children from their parents except where there is clear evidence that the parent is unfit or a danger to the child, or the parent is in a criminal facility that does not house minors;
- Not remove separated parents from the United States without their children, unless the parent affirmatively, knowingly, and voluntarily waives the right to reunification before removal.
Sabraw has moved up the deadline for the U.S. government to reply to the ACLU's proposal to Tuesday at 9 a.m., suggesting he may rule on the issue this week.