>> A judge on Friday urged the US government to focus on finding deported immigrant parents so it could reunite them with their children who are still in the US. The government had declared it met a court order deadline to reunite families separated as a result of Trump's zero-tolerance policy.
Over 1,800 kids have been released from custody to a parent or sponsor, but a judge in San Diego, Friday, urged officials to focus on the 711 children who remain separated after the government deemed their parents ineligible because they were deported, the government was unable to find them in the United States, or if the parent failed the background check.
The judge said he was concerned with allegations that 120 parents who the government said had waived their right to unification might have misunderstood what they were signing or felt coerced. Rights groups criticized the government's efforts at reuniting families as confused and chaotic. Advocates said they were struggling to find immigrant families to confirm that they had in fact been matched with their children.
Separately, on Friday, a US federal judge ordered the appointment of an independent monitor to report on conditions in federal detention centers housing immigrant children.