Michael Avenatti Says He Has Information To Reunite 590 Immigrant Children Separated From Parents

Michael Avenatti, the attorney for adult-film actress Stormy Daniels who now represents multiple families who were separated at the U.S.-Mexico border, told Newsweek Saturday that he knows the whereabouts of more than 590 migrant children who were separated from their parents.

"It's suffice to say that we have acquired detailed information on the whereabouts and identification information of over 590 children," Avenatti told Newsweek. "We're going to be taking steps to use that information to attempt to reunite these children with their parents."

Avenatti said the information includes the names of children and which of the 99 facilities that house migrant children they are at, "among other things." He would not reveal what, exactly, the information contained but claimed multiple whistleblowers have reached out to him following recent media appearances.

"The government does not appear to have the ability or the will to make it happen," Avenatti said. "We're going to see if we can make it happen."

Avenatti recently provided leaked cellphone video from a former employee of the inside of a child immigrant center in New York to CBS News.

Two days before that, Avenatti gave MSNBC'S Rachel Maddow audio that was also recorded by the same employee. In the recording, a different woman who is allegedly an employee could be heard warning the young migrant children not to talk to the press.

Exclusive: Unaccompanied children are cautioned not to speak with reporters about their situation pic.twitter.com/kE3fiMV7FD

— Maddow Blog (@MaddowBlog) June 26, 2018

Avenatti did not say the timeline of when he thought any children would be reunited with their families based on the information he had.

"We're going to work with as much diligence as we possibly can and we're going to do everything in our power to make sure that this happens as quickly as possible," Avenatti said.

A federal judge on Tuesday gave President Donald Trump's administration 30 days to reunify the more than 2,000 children who have not yet been reunified with their parents and are still in custody of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is still unclear how they will be reunited. The judge also ruled that U.S. immigration agents can no longer separate families.

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Michael Avenatti, the attorney of adult-film star Stephanie Clifford, known as Stormy Daniels, arrives at federal court in Manhattan, New York, U.S., May 30. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton