WASHINGTON — The Latest on court-ordered deadlines for the government to reunite children and parents who were separated at the border. (all times local):
The American Civil Liberties Union is proposing that the Trump administration be given no more than a week to reunite 12 young children with their now-deported parents, from whom they were separated at the border.
The ACLU proposes in a court filing Thursday in San Diego that the clock should start ticking as soon as the parent obtains travel documents for the child.
The Trump administration says in the filing that it is difficult to determine how much time is needed and that reunifications should occur “on a flexible schedule.”
Both sides are due back in court Friday to expand on their proposals.
The administration says it has reunited 57 children under 5 with their parents, meeting this week’s court-ordered deadline for all who were eligible.
The Trump administration says all eligible small children separated from their families as a result of its zero-tolerance immigration policy have been reunited with their parents. But it says 46 children under 5 weren’t reunited with their families because of safety concerns, the deportation of their parents and other issues.
The administration said in a statement that 57 children were reunified as of Thursday morning.
The government missed a federal judge’s initial deadline of Tuesday to have all children under 5 reunited with parents.
The administration has until July 26 to reunite about 2,000 older children.
The American Civil Liberties Union sued on behalf of a woman who was separated from her child. It said it was reviewing the government statement and would comment later.
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