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Migrant Minors Separated From Their Parents At The U.S. Mexico Border Reunification Deadline Missed

Officials have been working under a court-ordered deadline to reunite those migrant minors separated from their parents. That deadline was initially to be today (July 10).

A protester outside a closed gate at the Port of Entry facility in Fabens, Texas.

The Trump Administration says at least 102 of the three thousand or so migrant minors separated from their parents and placed in federal custody are under 5 years old. Officials have been working under a court-ordered deadline to reunite those young children with their parents. That deadline was initially to be today.

But according to the administration, authorities have returned just over half of those kids, and need more time. Judge Dana Sabraw Monday (July 9) granted authorities extra time, noting “real progress” had been made.

We hear from Congressman Joaquin Castro of San Antonio speaking in Washington, D.C. this morning on why he disagrees with that characterization. Then, Houston Matters’ host Craig Cohen talks with Geoffrey Hoffman, director of the Immigration Clinic at the University of Houston Law Center explains what officials are doing to insure reunification.

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