Judge Delays Decision on Reuniting Children

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Judge Delays Decision on Reuniting Children

By Clarice Silber | CT Mirror

A federal judge on Wednesday (07/11) delayed a decision on whether to reunite two children currently being held in Connecticut with their parents after they were separated at the U.S. border as a result of the Trump administration’s immigration policy.

The parents of the two plaintiffs, a nine-year-old Honduran boy identified as J.S.R. and a 14-year-old Salvadoran girl referred to as V.F.B., watched the hearing in blue jumpsuits via teleconference from a cinderblock room in a detention facility in Texas.

U.S. District Court Judge Victor A. Bolden’s decision to look more closely at the case came after testimony by Dr. Andres Martin, director of the psychiatric unit at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital, who interviewed the two children. The children were not present at the hearing.

Marisol Orihuela, an attorney representing the children through Yale Law School, said the team of lawyers urged the reunification of the parents and children “in liberty and outside of custody immediately.” Orihuela stressed the court has the authority to grant the children immediate relief.

But Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle McConaghy said the government is planning to transfer the parents to two different facilities in Texas and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will be bringing separated children there in waves to reunite families.

“Our U.S. attorney reached out and made a formal request to prioritize the plaintiffs in the first wave of reunification and ask they receive updates,” McConaghy said. “The U.S. attorney continues to press for the reunification of the plaintiffs with their parents.”

The hearing for the two children took place in the U.S. District Court in Bridgeport before a full courtroom, including immigrant rights protesters and activists.

A federal judge on Wednesday (07/11) delayed a decision on whether to reunite two children currently being held in Connecticut with their parents after they were separated at the U.S. border as a result of the Trump administration’s immigration policy.

The parents of the two plaintiffs, a nine-year-old Honduran boy identified as J.S.R. and a 14-year-old Salvadoran girl referred to as V.F.B., watched the hearing in blue jumpsuits via teleconference from a cinderblock room in a detention facility in Texas.

U.S. District Court Judge Victor A. Bolden’s decision to look more closely at the case came after testimony by Dr. Andres Martin, director of the psychiatric unit at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital, who interviewed the two children. The children were not present at the hearing. READ MORE CLICK HERE

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July 19, 2018

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