The Wall Street Journal: Hundreds of migrant children still in government custody as reunion deadline looms


The Trump administration scrambled to meet a court-ordered deadline to reunite more than 2,500 migrant children with their parents after they were separated at the border, creating an 11th-hour rush to move people around the country in a stop-start fashion.

The deadline of midnight, Pacific time, Thursday was set by a federal judge in June.

Administration officials said Thursday they were on track to reunite all eligible parents with their children by the deadline. The government said 1,820 children ages 5 to 17 years old were eligible for reunification, or 72% of the total of 2,531 children.

But more than 700 children weren’t approved for reunification for reasons that included worries about a parent’s criminal history and other safety concerns. The government also said 431 parents have been deported and officials said they would work with the court to figure out a process to facilitate reunification.

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