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Judge extends deadline as U.S. struggles to reunify migrant families

A federal judge has agreed to extend Tuesday’s deadline for the government to reunite 102 migrant children under the age of 5 who were separated from their parents under President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy.

Judge Dana Sabraw asked government attorneys to provide an update by Tuesday morning on which children will be reunited, who will require more time, and to deliver a proposed timeline for reuniting the remaining children with their parents.

 During the conference in federal court in San Diego, Sabraw said he recognized that some cases “will necessitate additional time.”

Sarah Fabian, at attorney for the Justice Department, said she expects 54 out of 102 children will be reunited with their parents tomorrow.

The government requested a deadline extension on Friday, telling Sabraw it would be able to reunite only about half of the children by the court’s first deadline of Tuesday because it could not locate many of the parents.

On Monday, Fabian said nine of the parents have been deported and nine have been released, making them more difficult to track down. Other parents have criminal records that will keep them from being reunited, Fabian said.

The government’s difficulty in reuniting migrant children with their parents has caused outrage among immigration and child welfare advocates who warned against separation. Read more

Read also: Trump Administration Will Likely Miss a Deadline to Reunite Young Children With Their Families, ACLU Says

Judge extends deadline as U.S. struggles to reunify migrant families

Judge extends deadline as U.S. struggles to reunify migrant families

Judge extends deadline as U.S. struggles to reunify migrant families

Judge extends deadline as U.S. struggles to reunify migrant families

Judge extends deadline as U.S. struggles to reunify migrant families

Judge extends deadline as U.S. struggles to reunify migrant families