Trump official on family separations: We are saving lives

The Trump administration was only able to reunite fewer than half of the eligible separated migrant families in its care by a court-ordered deadline Tuesday — as the fates of thousands more remain in limbo.

A federal judge on Tuesday was nevertheless mostly satisfied with the government’s efforts to meet his deadline, turning his attention next to the 2,000 to 3,000 families that will need to be reunited later in the month.

As of late Tuesday afternoon, four children of 102 identified for the deadline had already been reunified with their parents, and another 34 were expected to be reunited by the end of the day, according to the administration. That was fewer than the 54 children the federal government had previously said would be reunited by the deadline.

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