Judge extends authority to more families separated at border By ELLIOT SPAGAT Associated Press SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal judge who ordered that more than 2,700 children be reunited with their parents on Friday expanded his authority to potentially thousands more children who were separated at the border earlier during the Trump administration. Dana Sabraw ruled that his authority applies to parents who were separated at the border on or after July 1, 2017. Previously, his orders applied only to parents whose children were in government custody on June 26, 2018, when he issued his initial decision in the case. Sabraw was responding to a report in January by the U.S. Health and Human Services Department’s internal watchdog that said thousands more children may have been separated since the summer of 2017, which he noted has not been disputed. The department’s inspector general said the precise number was unknown. The judge will consider the next steps on March 28. The first move may be to identify the separated families, no easy task because the government didn’t have an adequate tracking system at the time. The administration argued that it would be difficult to identify families, the children were no… Read full this story
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