U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw said Thursday in San Diego that it was important to set a deadline for finding potentially thousands of children who were separated between July 1, 2017, and June 25, 2018.
A federal judge who ordered that more than 2,700 children be reunited with their parents on Friday expanded his authority to potentially thousands more children who were separated at the border earlier during the Trump administration.
The Trump administration says it would require extraordinary effort to reunite what may be thousands of migrant children who have been separated from their parents and, even if it could, the children would likely be emotionally harmed.
More than 60 migrant children remain in U.S. custody after being separated from their parents under the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy, according to the latest update from the government.
Judge Dana Sabraw said this case is on track to come "to some meaningful closure in the not-to-distant future.” But the ACLU warned there were “communication breakdowns” with some of the remaining reunifications.
"I'd want to know what person is behind the number," a federal judge said Friday, saying that there's a need to make sure there's real clarity and precision in keeping track of every parent that's no longer in the U.S.