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Judge gives Trump administration 6 months to identify separated migrant children

Demonstrators at a rally last year in Texas against the Trump administration's immigration policies.
Demonstrators at a rally last year in Texas against the Trump administration's immigration policies. Photo: Tamir Kalifa/Getty Images

A federal judge in California on Thursday imposed a 6-month deadline on the Trump administration to identify potentially thousands of migrant children who were separated from their families after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border last year.

Details: The government had said it would take officials up to 2 years to comb through the records of 47,000 migrant children who were in custody between July 1, 2017 and June 25, 2018. U.S. Judge Dana Sabraw's ruling came in response to a class-action lawsuit filed by the ACLU. Earlier this year, an internal government watchdog found that thousands of migrant children may have been separated before the administration began collecting data through its "zero-tolerance" policy, officially announced in April 2018. Last year, Sabraw ordered the administration reunite more than 2,000 migrant children with their parents.

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Trump admin. poised to rescind transgender health protections

Department of Health and Human Services building in Washington, DC.
Department of Health and Human Services building in Washington, DC. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

The Trump administration is set to propose new rules that would roll back health care protections for transgender people, making it easier for doctors, hospitals and insurance companies to deny them coverage by invoking religious reasons, reports the Washington Post.

Details: The administration signaled its intention earlier this month in an ongoing legal challenge in Texas, which seeks to invalidate the Obama-era, anti-discrimination rule that listed gender identity and transgender people as protected classes. Trump’s Health and Human Services Department said in a court filing that the word "sex ... does not refer to gender identity."