Jun 27, 2018 - Politics & Policy

Judge orders government to reunite separated migrant families

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Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

A federal judge in San Diego has ordered the government to reunite families separated at the border by the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy.

Why it matters: The controversy over the separation of more than 2000 migrant children from their parents forced the White House to issue an executive order reversing its policy last week, but the fate of the already separated families has remained unclear.

The details: U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw's preliminary injunction requires younger children to be returned to their parents within two weeks and older children within 30 days. The ruling comes in a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union.

You can read the decision below. The San Diego Tribune has more background on the case.

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