The American Civil Liberties Union said that nearly 250 immigrant children remain separated from their parents in government facilities, despite a federal judge’s order in June to reunite the families within 30 days.
The ACLU revealed that 245 parents are still in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, or ORR, after analyzing the latest government report on the issue.
In the government status report, according to the ACLU, 2,654 children were initially determined to have been possibly separated from their parents, and 2,363 have left ORR custody. That leaves the 245 children still in custody as of Monday.
“It’s taking forever, and it shouldn’t be taking this long,” ACLU’s Lee Gelernt, the lead attorney on the child separation lawsuit, told the Washington Post. “It is an enormous task, but on the other hand, it’s the United States government. When they really prioritize something, they can get it done.”
The ACLU said it found that more than two-thirds of the children taken from their parents were boys and more than 1,000 who were initially taken were under 10, the WashingtonPost stated. The organization said that the ORR, the agency in charge of the separated children, is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.