>> The deadline arrived but all of the children did not, Tuesday marked the court imposed deadline for the US government to reunite all 102 immigrant children under age five with their parents. Part of a legal battle with the American civil liberties union, but in a filing Tuesday in US federal court the government said 75 children were eligible to be reunited, but only 38 were likely to be back with a parent by the end of the day.
>> We are extremely disappointed that the government looks like they're not gonna reunify all the eligible children today. And that they have not even tracked down the removed parents.>> Government officials said challenges like establishing parenthood, failed background checks, and parents who have already been deported have slowed the process.
More than 2,000 children were separated from their parents at the US-Mexico border under US President Donald Trump's zero tolerance immigration policy. The government has until July 26th to reunite children five and older with their families. Asked on Tuesday about the crisis of reuniting thousands of children with their parents, Trump had this to say.
>> Well, I have a solution, tell people not to come to our country illegally. That's the solution, don't come to our country illegally.