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>> A US federal judge has ruled that border officials must stop the separation of immigrants from their children after they've been caught crossing the border from Mexico illegally. Additionally, those agents must reunited families already split within 30 days. It's a temporary and nationwide order from the San Diego District Court on Tuesday, issued in a lawsuit filed by the ACLU against the separations.
The judge also ordered children under 5 must be reunited within 14 days and all of the separated kids must be allowed to contact their parents within 10. More than 2,300 migrant children were split from parents after the Trump White House began a zero tolerance policy in early May, aiming to prosecute all adults who illegally crossed over the border.
The judge wrote that the facts of the case portray quote, reactive governance responses to address a chaotic circumstance of the government's own making. The ruling could force the White House to work quickly to clear up confusion by Trump's order. But the administration can also appeal the ruling and it may spark a legal showdown with the Justice Department.
Last week, Trump issued an executive order seeking to end family separations. But the government has yet to reunite around 2,000 kids with their parents. On Monday, the ACLU argued Trump's order had loopholes, however, ahead of the injunction ruling the US government had pushed back saying Trump had quote, largely addressed the issue.