US asks for more time to reunite migrant families

Last Updated: Jul 07 2018 16:18

WASHINGTON- The US government has asked for more time to reunite the migrant families separated at the US-Mexico border.

Following US president Trump’s orders in early May, more than 2,300 migrant families were separated from their children at the border. After massive public outcry, Trump reversed the order but the families already separated were not covered in the order.

A federal judge then ordered the government to release 101 children aged five and under by next Tuesday, 10 July.

The court order also includes a deadline to release children aged between five and 17 by 26 July.

The justice department said it needed more time to perform the necessary identity checks to make sure that children are returned to their parents, not to potential traffickers.