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Guatemalan asylum seeker Hermelindo Che Coc embraces his 6-year-old son, Jefferson Che Pop, after reuniting with him at LAX. Photo: Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

In response to the Trump administration's claim that advocacy groups, specifically the ACLU, are responsible for reuniting migrant children with their parents, a federal judge on Friday slammed the request saying the government is "100%" responsible for the task, according to CNN.

The background: The Department of Justice asked the ACLU in a court filing Thursday to take on the responsibility of reuniting immigrant children with their missing parents that have already been deported.

The judge in Friday's ruling did, however, instruct the ACLU to establish a committee to work with the government in steering the reunification plan.

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8 Senate Democrats vote against adding $15 minimum wage to COVID relief

Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Eight Democratic senators on Friday voted against Sen. Bernie Sanders' amendment to ignore a ruling by the Senate parliamentarian and add a $15 minimum wage provision to the $1.9 trillion COVID relief package.

The state of play: The vote was held open for hours on Friday afternoon — even after every senator had voted — due to a standoff in negotiations over the next amendments that the Senate will take up.

CDC: Easing mask mandates led to higher COVID cases and deaths

Customer at a supermarket chain in Austin, Texas. Montinique Monroe/Getty Images

Easing mask restrictions and on-site dining have increased COVID-19 cases and deaths, according to a study out Friday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Why it matters: The report's findings converge with actions from governors this week easing mask mandates and announcing plans to reopen nonessential businesses like restaurants.