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Judge: government on the way to a meeting of the reunification period

More than 1,000 family meetings have taken place, and hundreds more were approved before the Thursday deadline, all of the children with their families, after the separation of the border.

The Trump government said on Thursday that more than 700 children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border remained in addition to to consolidate hours before a court-imposed deadline.

In a court filing, the justice Department 1,820 children said at the age of 5 and had to discharge from the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement. Of those, 1,442 were back with their parents in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), while another 378 were released, “in other appropriate cases.”

A Federal judge had to reconcile the administration until the end of the game more than 2,500 separated children with their parents, guardians, or other sponsor. The separation took place under President Trump, the so-called “zero-tolerance” policy, that is, for the criminal prosecution of anyone in the U.S. border crossing caught illegally.

The administration said that 711 is separated, the children, the parents or guardian, the “either do not meet the requirements for reunification or not available for the discharge in this time.” These children are listed in 431, as a parent, the “outside of the United States.” An additional 120 parents who refrained from were Association, while a further 173 of the parents who were released had to the interior or the situation was “under case-check the file.”

A justice Department spokesman told Fox News that the government would have to say the court term, “to be The expected total number of eligible potential students in ICE custody [re-United] not again [at the end of the day]: 0.”

Lee wants to be learned, a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union, the separated families, said the government should not congratulate themselves for compliance with their “self-defined” period of time.

“These parents and children have lost valuable time together that can never be replaced,” he said. “We are thrilled for the families, the finally be reunited, but still a lot more they stay separated. The Trump administration is trying to sweep it under the carpet, by unilaterally picking and choosing of those who shall be entitled for the reunification.

“We hold the government responsible, and these families again.”

On Tuesday, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Fox News’ “Special Report”, said that the Trump administration “on course” to achieve the reunification period. At a hearing on the same day, U.S. district judge Dana Sabraw of the administration praised the efforts on the completion of the reunifications.

“When we meet on Friday, reunification completed,” he said. “This work has to be highlighted and praised.”

However, Sabraw also criticized the government for a lack of information about the parents ‘ whereabouts call the effect of “a policy that was in place, led to a large number of families separated without foresight, such as reunification and tracking of people.”

Meanwhile, Homeland Security’s internal watchdog said, it is the assessment of the separation of the families, together with the conditions at the boundaries, the protection of facilities in which children of migrants are held would do, in response to numerous congressional inquiries.

For the last two weeks the children have been arriving constantly at the ICE locations in Texas, Arizona and New Mexico to be reunited with the parents. Faith and other groups to provide meals, clothing, legal advice, and plane and bus tickets. The families are released normally, and the parents are given in the rule to appear to the ankle-monitoring bracelets, and court appointments before an immigration judge.

Both sides were due in court Friday when the judge will decide whether the ban on the deportation of families for seven days after the reunification, so that parents have time to look over your options.

At the end of last month, Sabraw is a Federal ordered the wide end to the family separations, the Trump have effective on 20. June, after an international outcry. Sabraw issued, to reunite a 14-day period, children under the age of 5 with her parents — 30 days for older children.

To begin on Friday, family, lawyers, turn your attention to those who have not reunited — parents who had a criminal record, parents, not more learned in the United States and children who were handed over to other sponsors, will.

Fox News’ Jake Gibson, Nicole Collins, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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