The Latest: Judge to keep close eye on family reunifications
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Latest on court-imposed deadlines for the Trump administration to reunify families separated at the border (all times local):
A federal judge is commending the Trump administration’s efforts to reunify families separated at the border but also keeping close watch as a big deadline nears.
U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw said at a hearing Friday in San Diego that the government has demonstrated good faith and largely complied with a deadline this week to reunite families with children under 5 years old.
At the same time, he indicates he will be monitoring the administration’s actions ahead of a July 26 deadline to reunite more than 2,000 children who are 5 and older.
The judge says the administration must provide a list of names of parents in immigration custody and their children by Monday and complete background checks for them by Thursday.
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.”