US govt says in compliance with court order on migrant children Jul 11, 2018 0 236 12345 REUTERSWASHINGTONTHE US government believes it is in compliance with a court-ordered Tuesday deadline to reunite immigrant children under 5 who were separated from their parents while crossing the US-Mexico border, according to a court filing.In a filing in US federal court in San Diego on Tuesday, the government said 75 children were eligible to be reunited and 38 were likely to be back with a parent by the end of the day. The government said others would be reunited once the government determined parental fitness or eligibility to be reunited. In other cases, it said it needed to make contact with a parent released from detention.The children were taken from their parents under US President Donald Trump's"zero tolerance" immigration policy, which called for the prosecution and detention of adult immigrants crossing the border without authorisation.After public outcry and a court challenge by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Trump stopped separating families last month.A federal judge in California overseeing the ACLU case ordered in June that the youngest children be reunited by July 10. Judge Dana Sabraw also ordered that the estimated 2,000 separated children over five years old must be reunited by July 26.In court filings, the ACLU has said the government is asking for needless provisions for reuniting families that would not happen if the families had not been separated in the first place. These provisions included DNA testing and background checks on unrelated people who might end up living in the same home as the reunited family.Many of the separated children are fleeing violence in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, and US Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen met with diplomats from those countries in Guatemala on Tuesday to discuss US immigration policies.Some lawyers representing the separated children, who have been scattered into foster systems across the country, said the government was not telling them what would happen to their young clients.The Legal Aid Society in New York said it is representing at least two separated children under 5 years old that meet the judge's criteria for reunification on Tuesday.One boy, from El Salvador, was due to be released to his mother, according to Beth Krause, the supervising attorney of Legal Aid's Immigrant Youth Project. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Battle begins over Trump's Supreme Court pick Jul 11, 2018 0 343 British PM presses on with Brexit plan despite high-profile resignations Jul 11, 2018 0 273 NATO countries should 'reimburse' US for defence costs, says Trump Jul 11, 2018 0 242 Italy stops ship with migrants, turns up pressure on EU allies REUTERS ROME ITALY has refused to allow a commercial vessel flying an Italian flag to bring ashore rescued migrants, sticking to a hardline policy on new arrivals as it presses European allies to share the burden of .. Germany's Seehofer unveils 'migration master plan' DPA BERLIN FRESH from a bruising spat with Chancellor Angela Merkel about migration, German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer presented his long-delayed"migration master plan" on Tuesday. Seehofer, who leads the .. Spain court orders Puigdemont suspension Madrid Spain's Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont and five other separatists be suspended as regional lawmakers after concluding a probe into their secession bid. In a .. George Clooney hurt in Italian scooter crash Rome Hollywood superstar George Clooney was treated in hospital on Tuesday for minor injuries after a scooter accident in Sardinia, Italian media reported. The"Ocean's Eleven" actor hurt his leg when a Mercedes .. Panama prosecutors request 21-year spying sentence for ex-president Panama City Panamanian prosecutors demanded a 21-year sentence for spying against ex-President Ricardo Martinelli during an indictment hearing in the capital Panama City. Martinelli, who was extradited back to .. Novichok nerve agent patient regains consciousness London A 45-year-old British man who was left critically ill after being exposed to the Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok has regained consciousness, the hospital treating him said Tuesday."We have seen a small but .. Trump pardon for Oregon ranchers convicted for arson OREGON US President Donald Trump pardoned Oregon cattle ranchers Dwight Hammond and his son on Tuesday, who had both been convicted on arson charges, sparking the 2016 occupation of a wildlife refuge, according to a .. Former Trump aide eager to get to sentencing WASHINGTON Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump's former national security adviser who pleaded guilty in a case related to the Russian election collusion investigation, is eager to move to the sentencing phase ..