U.S. judge: Reunite immigrant families within 30 days

Jun 27, 2018, 7:48 AM EDT
A temporary shelter facility for migrant children in Tornillo, Texas.
(Source: U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich/flickr)

A federal judge in the U.S. has given immigration officials a 30-day deadline to reunite the migrant children with their parents, who were split up when the families crossed into America at the Mexico border without legal documents.

The U.S. district court judge Dana Sabraw also barred the authorities from breaking up immigrant families caught illegally entering the country, writes The Guardian. In a separate development, 17 U.S. states, led by Democratic attorney generals, sued the Trump administration over its policy of splitting up families at the Mexico border.

U.S. President Donald Trump’s controversial “zero tolerance” policy saw more than 2,300 immigrant children separated from their parents since May as the legal proceedings drew on, notes the BBC.