LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge in California has ordered U.S. border authorities to reunite separated families within 30 days.READ MORE: Philadelphia Eagles Raise More Than $4 Million At 5th Annual Autism Challenge
If the children are younger than 5, they must be reunified within 14 days of the order, issued Tuesday.
U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw in San Diego issued the order in a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union. The lawsuit involves a 7-year-old girl who was separated from her Congolese mother and a 14-year-old boy who was separated from his Brazilian mother.READ MORE: Philadelphia Weather: Heat Advisory In Effect As Temperatures Hit Record Highs On Saturday
Sabraw also issued a nationwide injunction on future family separations, unless the parent is deemed unfit.
More than 2,000 children have been separated from their parents in recent weeks and placed in government-contracted shelters. President Donald Trump last week issued an executive order to stop the separation of families and said parents and children will instead be detained together.MORE NEWS: Thousands Of Young Rowers Compete In 95th Annual Stotesbury Cup Regatta On Schuylkill River
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