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The Latest: Judge faults tracking of separated families

July 25, 2018

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Latest on a court-imposed deadline to reunite parents with their children after being separated on the U.S.-Mexico border (all times local):

5:30 p.m.

A federal judge says a dearth of information about many parents who were separated at the border from their children resulted from a policy that was executed with lack of forethought.

U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw on Tuesday referenced a government court filing that says 463 parents may have been removed from the United States. The government says that number is based on case notes and subject to review, signaling it could change.

The judge called the large number “a deeply troubling reality of the case.”

The comments echoed Sabraw’s earlier criticisms. He also commended the government for reunifying large numbers of families ahead of a court-imposed deadline on Thursday, calling it a “remarkable achievement.”

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This story has been corrected to make reference in first paragraph to children, not parents.

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10:40 a.m.

The Trump administration and the American Civil Liberties Union have failed to agree on how much time parents should have to decide whether to seek asylum after they are reunited with their children who were separated at the U.S.-Mexico border.

The Justice Department said in a court filing Tuesday in San Diego that the administration proposed a four-day waiting period. That’s three days shorter than what the ACLU wants.

The government says the longer waiting period would increase costs and occupy limited beds. The ACLU argues parents need the time to discuss whether to seek asylum with their children, lawyers and advocates.

The administration faces a court-imposed deadline of Thursday to reunify more than 2,500 ages 5 and older.

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