58 immigrant children reunited, says US officials


Washington, July 13: Fifty-eight immigrant children under the age of five have been reunited with their parents after being separated at the US border, officials said in a filing. The filing on Thursday night comes as part of a class action lawsuit the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed against President Donald Trump’s administration’s “zero tolerance policy”, reports CNN. Though the deadline for reuniting children under five has passed, in two weeks the government will need to reunite thousands more children aged five to 17 to meet the judge’s next deadline. The ACLU asked for the government to provide a daily report of reunified families to the court starting next week and for additional details to prevent the government from missing future deadlines. The organisation also asked the judge to set additional specific deadlines going forward. However, both parties appeared to disagree about appropriate time frames. Although the new filing details the latest reunification numbers of children younger than five, it did not provide a total of how many kids older than five the government believes to be in custody. (IANS)