Just 38 children guaranteed to be reunified by border separation deadline

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On Thursday, two days after its original deadline, the Trump administration announced that it has complied with the first part of a court order to return the almost 3,000 migrant children separated from their parents in recent months.

More than 2,000 children in all were separated from their parents by U.S. immigration authorities at the border this spring before President Donald Trump reversed course on June 20 amid an global outcry and said families should remain together.

The remaining 46 children were deemed "ineligible" due to multiple concerns over their guardians, including 11 adults with a serious criminal history like charges or convictions for murder, child cruelty, smuggling or domestic violence.

Of the kids under the age of 5 deemed ineligible for reunification, 12 have parents who were already deported by the US government.

A spokesperson for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in an email to CBS News that the child's parent is not now in ICE custody.

The officials said obstacles remained, but added: "We intend to continue our good faith efforts to reunify families".

A Trump administration statement that all eligible migrant children under the age of five who were separated at the US-Mexico border will be reunited with their parents by Thursday morning (local US time) is being disputed by a civil liberties group.

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The judge in June ordered the government to reunite by Tuesday the youngest children separated from their parents and all children by July 26.

A federal judge gave the government until July 10 to reunify the 102 migrant kids under the age of 5 with their families.The judge ordered all migrant kids to be reunified by July 26.

"If in fact 57 children have been reunited because of the lawsuit, we could not be more happy for those families", Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project, said in a statement Thursday. It now appears as if the Trump administration will clearly miss this deadline by a wide margin.

According to court filings, the Trump administration had reunited just four families by Tuesday afternoon and is expected to reunite 34 more by the end of Tuesday.

Most of the parents reunited with the youngest children this week were being released from custody on ankle monitoring devices to await immigration hearings.

How many children have been reunited with their parents? "There was no reunification plan in place, and families have been separated for months".

In ordering an end to the separation of families, the president said they should instead be detained together.

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One parent is being treated for "a communicable disease", Meekins said, and another had planned to share a house with an adult who had been charged with child sexual abuse. Critics said the administration failed to track the separated families, making it hard to reunite them.

Public outrage over the separations led President Donald Trump to retreat last month from his "zero-tolerance" policy toward unlawful border crossings. Physicians and others blasted the policy and warned about lasting psychological damage to children and parents.

Witnesses in Phoenix said some toddlers did not recognize their mothers, tried to get away from them, and cried out for government workers who had been watching them.

Devin O'Malley, a Justice Department spokesman, said the department disagreed with Gee's Monday ruling and continued to review it.

Seven adults were determined not to be the child's parent and 12 parents had already been deported. A federal consent decree requires the government to release children from family detention facilities within 20 days.

The two sides revealed in a filing late on Monday (Tuesday NZT) that they are far apart on protocols for reunification, with the government arguing its practices are necessary under federal law to ensure child safety and the ACLU contending that many are too cumbersome under the circumstances.

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