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More than 700 children remain separated from migrant parents

The Trump administration had a court-ordered deadline of Thursday to reunite all 2,500 children separated from their parents at the southern border, and in a report filed in court on Thursday afternoon, government officials said 1,442 children are back with their parents.

The government said an additional 378 children have been released to sponsors, reunited with parents already out of government custody, or have turned 18. Officials said they tried to reunite all families by the deadline, but there are 711 children ineligible, including 431 whose parents have been deported and 120 whose parents waived reunification. On Wednesday, the ACLU filed court documents saying many parents who waived reunification signed forms that they did not understand, either due to literacy or language barriers.