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The US government on Thursday scrambling to meet a court ordered deadline to reunite all migrant children with their parents. But even it knows that it won't meet the deadline. Reuters' Reade Levinson is on the story.>> The deadline for the government to reunify almost 1,600 families is Thursday.
And there are approximately 900 families that are either ineligible for reunification, or are still being determined whether they're gonna be reunified. And that's for a combination of reasons. Some of those parents have criminal records. Others have past allegation of abuse, and then some of those 900 parents have already been deported, and so they're not eligible for reunification either.
>> Lawyers working with migrants and the ACLU described a mess on the ground as the government tries to reunite families. While the judge hearing the case who has been critical of the process at times has in recent days praised the government efforts. But questions over what happens next still remain.
>> Reunification really is the first step and the question going forward will be what happens to these families once they've been reunified? Many of the parents have already signed orders of removal, so they could potentially leave the United States very quickly with their children. Others have signed away their reunification rights and so they might not see their kids.
And the ACLU has said in a filing that some parents didn't agree what they were signing to and they've asked for a seven day period between when families are reunified and when they could potentially be deported.>> Families lives together,>> Meanwhile protesters continue to mount pressure on the Trump administration with protests Thursday in Washington DC and Texas.