The U.S. government must convince a judge on Thursday that it has complied with a court order for reuniting the youngest migrant children who were separated from their parents by U.S. officials after they crossed the U.S.-Mexico border.
The government has until 3 p.m. PDT (2200 GMT) on Thursday to explain to U.S. Judge Dana Sabraw in San Diego how many children still must be reunited with their parents and to inform him if it met Tuesday’s deadline for reuniting children under five.
On Wednesday night, a government official said all children under five who were eligible for reunification would be with their parents by Thursday morning.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which sued the government over its separation policies, questioned that assertion. “Their statement is vague at a minimum,” said attorney Lee Gelernt. “We know they missed the deadline.”
Sabraw has asked the ACLU to propose penalties in the event he finds the deadline was missed.