Mar 8, 2019

Federal judge extends reunifications under family separation policy

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Federal judge Dana Sabraw ruled late Friday that the Trump administration must reunite more families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border, the AP reports.

What's next: The judge will evaluate next steps on March 28. Sabraw's ruling could cause headaches for the administration in the process of reconnecting children and parents separated both before and after President Trump's "zero tolerance" border blueprint was initiated.

The big picture: Today's decision follows a U.S. Health and Human Services Department's report that noted thousands more families may have been separated since mid-2017. To date, the government has reunited or discharged 2,741 children of 2,816 considered qualified, according to a new court filing.

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