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A government lawyer acknowledged Monday that the Trump administration will miss its first court-imposed deadline to reunite about 100 immigrant children under age 5 with their parents. Department of Justice attorney Sarah Fabian said during a court hearing that federal authorities reunited two families and expect to reunite an additional 59 by Tuesday’s deadline. She said the other cases are more complicated, including parents who have been deported or are in prison facing criminal charges, and would require more time to complete reunions. U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw, who ordered the administration to reunite families separated as part of President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy, said he will hold another hearing Tuesday morning to get an update on the remaining cases. He said he was encouraged to see “real progress” in the complicated reunification process after a busy weekend when officials from multiple federal agencies tried to sync up parents and children who are spread across the country. STORY FROM LENDINGTREE Crush your mortgage interest with a 15 yr fixed “Tomorrow is the deadline. I do recognize that there are some groups of parents who are going to fall into a category where it’s impossible to reunite by tomorrow,” he said. “I am very encouraged by the progress. I’m optimistic.” Lee Gelernt, an American Civil Liberties Union attorney who leads a lawsuit against the federal government, sounded more skeptical. When asked by the judge if he believed the government was in full compliance of the court order, Gelernt said there was much more work to be done. “Let me put it this way: I think the government in the last 48 hours has taken significant steps,” he said. “We just don’t know how much effort the government has made to find released parents. I don’t think there’s been full compliance.” U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw, based in San Diego. U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw, based in San Diego. (Photo: U.S. District Court) The difficulty in reuniting the first 100 children shows the challenge that lies ahead as the Trump administration braces for another deadline in two weeks to reunite nearly 3,000 older children – up to age 17 – with their parents. The process is complicated because of all the different situations that emerged over the weekend. The government initially identified 102 children under age 5 who needed to be reunited but removed three children from that list because investigations into their cases revealed that those children came with adults who were not their parents, Fabian said. Twelve parents were found to be in federal and state custody on criminal charges, making a reunification impossible since the government can’t transfer minors to state and local prisons to protect the well-being of the child. Nine parents were deported, and the government established contact with only four of them, Fabian said. Four children had been scheduled to be released from government custody to relatives who weren’t their parents, leading the government to question whether to allow that process to be completed or to redirect the child back to a parent. Gelernt said he understood many of the hurdles but urged the judge to force the government to scrap its time-consuming investigation into every single case and start a 48-hour clock to reunify families that remain separated by Tuesday. Sabraw said he would decide that during Tuesday’s hearing. Fabian said one of the silver linings of the busy weekend is that her office worked closely with its challengers at the ACLU to share information on each child’s case, to ensure that representatives from immigration advocacy groups and volunteer organizations could be present during each reunification. Gelernt said they’re doing that to help the parents, who are often released from custody with no money and nowhere to go. Fabian said that coordination has led to a more formalized process between government agencies and with the immigrants’ lawyers that should make reunifications go more smoothly in the coming weeks. “I think this process over the weekend helped us see what information, and in what form, is the most useful to share,” she said. “I’d like to make that as efficient a process as possible.” -

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Port au Prince — La séance de convocation au barreau de Port-au-Prince des avocats Newton St Juste et André Michel est renvoyée pour janvier 2014, apprend AlterPresse.

La raison est que la dizaine d’avocats mobilisée par le chef de l’Etat Michel Joseph Martelly et le premier ministre Laurent Lamothe contre St Juste et Michel ne s’est pas présentée le 16 décembre 2013.

Les deux avocats accusés ont eux-mêmes répondu à la convocation.

Les deux têtes de l’exécutif haïtien sollicitent du Barreau la radiation des deux avocats opposants du pouvoir pour diffamation conformément aux articles 62 et 64 du décret du 29 mars 1979 règlementant la profession d’avocat.

Pour André Michel, les avocats du pouvoir se sont trompés d’adresse.

« Ils doivent nous attaquer en correctionnel, s’ils nous accusent de diffamation », déclare Michel à la manière d’un professeur de procédures juridiques.

Dans la matinée du 16 décembre 2013, dans une entrevue accordée à AlterPresse, l’avocat St Juste affirme que son collègue et lui ont « le moral au beau fixe » et que cette « tentative du pouvoir pour [les] réduire au silence n’est que du sérum et des vitamines pour poursuivre les corrompus ».

Les dénonciations de corruption, de trafic de drogue et de blanchiment d’argent soutenues au cours de l’année 2013 concernant les deux barons de l’actuelle administration politique, sont à la base de la plainte. Saint-Juste interprète cette démarche comme une « stratégie désespérée du pouvoir pour leur enlever leurs privilèges d’avocat afin d’exécuter le plan macabre concocté depuis des mois contre eux [les avocats] ».

L’exécutif n’est pas à son premier coup. Le 9 mai 2013, le premier ministre Lamothe a déposé une plainte à la même enseigne contre St Juste.

Un délai d’un jour franc a été accordé aux deux enfants terribles de la basoche pour rétracter les dénonciations.

« En guise de rétractation, ces derniers avaient réitéré leur dénonciation au Parquet », rappelle St Juste.

Depuis la lettre-dénonciation du 16 aout 2012 contre la famille présidentielle pour usurpation de fonction, les avocats André Michel et Newton Saint-Juste sont devenus des têtes nuisibles « à abattre » pour le pouvoir, selon St Juste.

Source:AlterPress

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