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Government falls short of reunification order as judge declines extension

US District Judge Dana Sabraw has declined extensions of deadlines he established for reunions between parents and children separated upon crossing the US-Mexico border -- July 10 for children under 5 and July 26 for children ages 5 to 18 -- calling them "firm deadlines" rather than "aspirational goals." Government officials expected 38 of approximately 100 children under 5 to be with their parents by the end of the day Tuesday but that some reunions weren't possible because parents were unfit, had been deported or are serving criminal sentences.

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