The Trump administration plans to ask a judge to consider giving asylum-seeking parents arrested at the border a difficult choice: Agree to remain in custody with their children throughout their immigration proceedings or release the children to authorities to be placed with a sponsor.
The proposal, which the government said it would soon outline in a motion for a federal judge in San Diego to consider, comes as officials work to reunite more than 2,000 migrant children who were split from their families during an effort to step up prosecutions of illegal border crossers.
Federal officials have struggled to navigate between a pair of court orders, one of which requires families to be reconnected by the end of the month and another that says children can’t be detained with their parents for more than 20 days.
An administration official said the government expects to have reunified all eligible children younger than 5 with their parents by early Thursday.
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