Immigrant children, parents separated at border must be reunited within 30 days, judge says

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'Zero Tolerance' Immigration Policy: Why Children Were Being Separated From Their Families

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Immigrant children and parents who were separated by U.S. officials at the country's border with Mexico must be reunited within 30 days, a federal judge said in a preliminary injunction Tuesday night.

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According to The Associated Press, Dana Sabraw, a U.S. district judge in San Diego, also said immigration officials must reunite children under 5 with their parents within 14 days. Additionally, officials must "provide phone contact between parents and their children within 10 days," the AP reported.

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The injunction, issued in response to an American Civil Liberties Union-backed lawsuit, ordered a halt to future separations, as well, the AP reported.

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The news comes almost one week after President Donald Trump signed an executive order ending his administration's policy of separating immigrant children from parents at the border.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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