Government, ACLU differ on wait time for asylum decision
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Trump administration and the American Civil Liberties Union have failed to agree on how much time parents should have to decide whether to seek asylum after they are reunited with their children who were separated at the U.S.-Mexico border.
The Justice Department said in a court filing Tuesday in San Diego that the administration proposed a four-day waiting period. That’s three days shorter than what the ACLU wants.
The government says the longer waiting period would increase costs and occupy limited beds. The ACLU argues parents need the time to discuss whether to seek asylum with their children, lawyers and advocates.
The administration faces a court-imposed deadline of Thursday to reunify more than 2,500 ages 5 and older by a court-imposed deadline on Thursday.