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Deadline for separated immigrant families to be reunited

Posted at 9:12 AM, Jul 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-26 18:36:34-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV and AP) - The Trump administration said Thursday more than 1,800 children separated at the U.S.-Mexico border have been reunited with parents and sponsors but hundreds remain apart.

The government said in a court filing Thursday that 1,820 children ages 5 and up have been discharged. This includes 1,442 children reunified with their parents in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody and 378 others who were released "in other appropriate circumstances."

Still, more than 700 parents were deemed not eligible or currently not eligible, many of whom may have been deported. Of those, 421 children have parents outside the United States.

Under the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy on illegal immigration, nearly 3,000 children have been separated from their parents or families.

The America Civil Liberties Union is asking federal Judge Dana Sabraw to put a seven-day hold on deportations for reunited families.