Judge weighs oversight ahead of deadline to reunite families

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal judge will consider Friday how closely to monitor the Trump administration as it faces a new deadline on reunifying families separated at the border.

The American Civil Liberties Union says the administration failed to meet a Tuesday deadline to reunify dozens of children under 5 years old. It argues that because of that, it should be closely watched as a July 26 deadline approaches to have more than 2,000 children 5 and older rejoin their parents.

The administration insists it complied with the judge’s order, saying it reunified all 58 children under 5 who were eligible. It acknowledges that 20 of the 58 were reunified within two days after the deadline “for logistical reasons specific to each case.”

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