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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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BONGIWE MCHUNU, AFP
Agence France-Presse
Pretoria

Le champion sud-africain Oscar Pistorius a été pris de nausées au tribunal et a vomi lundi durant le compte-rendu de l’autopsie de sa victime, sa petite amie Reeva Steenkamp, qu’il a tuée dans la nuit de la Saint-Valentin 2013.

Prostré dans le box des accusés, se tamponnant les yeux avec un mouchoir, l’athlète handicapé de 27 ans s’est plié en deux, croisant les mains derrière la nuque, se serrant la tête dans les coudes, avant de vomir tandis que le médecin légiste venait de décrire l’état du crâne de Reeva fracassé par une balle.

Alors que le compte-rendu se poursuivait, les nombreux journalistes présents à l’audience pouvaient le voir sangloter, les épaules effondrées, haletant. Ses hoquets étaient si forts que le micro placé devant Pistorius a dû être éloigné afin qu’on les entende moins.

Aucune chaine de télévision n’a eu le droit de filmer en direct la déposition du légiste ou l’attitude de Pistorius.

À la demande du médecin légiste Gert Saayman, la retransmission en direct de sa déposition a été interdite lundi. «Il n’y aura pas de retransmission (audio et vidéo) en direct. (…) Cela concerne également Twitter», a décidé la juge Thokozile Masipa.

Le Pr Saayman avait été chargé d’autopsier le 15 février 2013, au lendemain du décès.

L’autopsie, a-t-il rappelé, a conclu que la mort de Reeva avait été provoquée par ses multiples blessures par balle.

Il a aussi décrit les effets retrouvés dans le même sac mortuaire, un short Nike portant des taches de sang et une veste noire sans manches largement maculée de sang.

«Tout va bien»

Un vigile travaillant dans la résidence où habitait Oscar Pistorius est resté ferme lundi sur sa version des faits selon laquelle le champion paralympique sud-africain lui avait dit que «tout (allait) bien» juste après avoir tué son amie Reeva Steenkamp.

Soumis par l’avocat de la défense Barry Roux à un contre-interrogatoire courtois, mais serré, Pieter Baba, le témoin appelé à la barre, maintient sa version quand bien même la défense a produit des relevés horaires des appels téléphoniques du centre de sécurité du lotissement fortifié de Pretoria où habitait l’athlète, au moment du drame.

«J’ai appelé M. Pistorius en premier. M. Pistorius m’a appelé après. (…) Je suis celui qui a appelé en premier» après avoir été alerté par un voisin, a répété plusieurs fois le témoin de l’accusation, alors que le procès de l’athlète est entré dans sa deuxième semaine à Pretoria.

«M. Pistorius a appelé le premier et vous avez rappelé peu après», a rétorqué Me Roux.

«J’ai appelé M. Pistorius et M. Pistorius m’a dit “tout va bien”. Mais j’ai réalisé que M. Pistorius pleurait. Et la conversation a été coupée», a maintenu Pieter Baba, reprenant son premier témoignage de vendredi.

«M. Pistorius m’a rappelé, mais il pleurait, et la ligne a été à nouveau coupée. (…) Madame, ce que j’ai dit à la Cour est la vérité», a-t-il ajouté, s’adressant à la juge Thokozile Masipa.

L’avocat de la défense a ensuite montré à la Cour la première déposition de Pieter Baba à la police peu après le drame. Le témoin y déclare que l’athlète lui a dit qu’«il (allait) bien», et non pas «tout va bien» comme dans la seconde déposition, prise plus tard quand un autre inspecteur a repris l’enquête à zéro.

Pieter Baba a répondu qu’il était «très fatigué» au moment où il a fait sa première déposition.

Oscar Pistorius affirme avoir tué par accident sa petite amie, en la confondant avec un cambrioleur caché dans les toilettes de sa chambre. L’accusation l’accuse de l’avoir sciemment tuée alors que le couple qui se fréquentait depuis novembre 2012 s’était disputé.

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