>> A federal judge on Friday will consider hitting the Trump administration with tougher rules to ensure it meets the July 26 deadline to reunite as many as 2,000 migrant children with their parents. This coming after the US failed to meet a critical court order deadline to reunite children under the age of five with their families after they were forcibly separated at the border.
As of Friday, the US Department of Homeland Security said it's reunited 57 of the 103 tender aged children. The rest of them, according to the department, were ineligible for reunifications. Scrambling to reconnect the other children to their families, the US government claims its efforts to reunite them were slowed by the need to conduct background checks and DNA testing.
While late Thursday the American Civil Liberties Union, which filed the law suit that led to the order to reunite all the families separated, said it wanted the judge to impose timelines on the government for background checks, and to share information sooner in the process. Also on Thursday, the ACLU asked the federal judge to order the US government to provide mental health counseling for all the children.