Judge orders government to reunite migrant families quicker
A federal judge Tuesday ordered the Trump administration to quicken its efforts to reunite migrant toddlers and infants with their parents, after the government said it wouldn’t meet an order that the judge called “firm deadlines, not aspirational goals.”
Federal agencies said that by Tuesday they would only be able to reunite adults with 38 out of the 102 children under age 5 in the government’s care. The administration separated the children, and has been holding some since the spring, from their parents after the families crossed the border to enter the U.S., many illegally.
Judge Dana Sabraw said the government should have been able to reconnect 63 eligible young migrant children with their families by day’s end. He told the American Civil Liberties Union to keep tabs on the government’s efforts and suggest punishment if attorneys believe officials are out of compliance.
Under a June court order, the judge told the administration to reunite the 2,000 to 3,000 detained children with their families following weeks of separation, with an early July deadline specifically for the youngest children.
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