Detention center holds 10-year-old from mother as reunification deadline approaches
An immigrant woman, known only as Lesvia, left the detention center in Brownsville, Texas yesterday without her 10-year-old son.
"He is there (talking about her son),” Lesvia said. “They are not going to give him to me, they are asking for 20 more days to give him back to me."
Lesvia bonded out of the detention center in Taylor, Texas, but authorities would not release her son.
"I do not know why, because that is what the process takes. I do not know why my son,” Lesvia said. “My niece was going take him out, but they did not give him to her. What is happening? Why they cannot give it to me if I am his mother.”
The deadline for the government to reunite children with their parents is Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the Trump administration released the names of children under the age of 5 who have been separated from their parents at the U.S. southern border.
There are nearly 100 names on the list, which was delivered to the American Civil Liberties Union.
The move was made to keep the administration in compliance with a federal court order.
On Monday, there will be a hearing on whether to extend the deadline for reuniting the children with their families.
Government officials say they need additional time to track dozens of parents who are no longer in custody, including 19 who have already been deported.