Starting in April, US authorities separated over 2,500 children from their parents at the border as part of Trump's "zero tolerance" policy, which criminally prosecuted any undocumented individual caught crossing the border.
The report was requested by Sabraw ahead of the Trump administration's 30-day deadline Thursday to reunite separated families. The main immigrant-assistance center in El Paso, Texas, has been receiving about 25 reunified families daily. Almost 2,600 children ages 5 years and older were separated at the U.S. -Mexico border.
Last week, he ordered the government to clarify how numerous 2,500 parents eligible to be reunited with their children are no longer in the country. The number may also include some children who were already released to a different family member or friend. It deemed 45 children ineligible for return because their parents were not fit or able to take them.
As has been the case with previous court updates, the numbers are approximate and subject to change. U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw, who imposed the deadline, praised the administration's efforts during a status hearing on Tuesday.
Chris Meekins, the head of the office of the assistant secretary for preparedness and response for Health and Human Services, said the government would continue to reunify families throughout the evening.
After first gathering at the White House, the kids and adults descended on Capitol Hill to demand lawmakers reverse Trump's edict and force family reunification. "Nothing about this case involves the normal situation where parents and children remain together, and have time to make profound, potentially life-and-death decisions", Sabraw wrote. This is a number that worries immigration attorneys and advocates because these adults may have already been deported.
Criticism of the policy as cruel was swift, and on June 20 Trump issued an executive order halting the separation of children from parents. Stage three, said the judge, would be to set up a protocol ensuring that "this never happens again".
A court ordered that it must now reunite children with their parents.
463 migrants may have been deported without their children
Other parents who were illiterate or spoke only indigenous languages said they could not understand the forms they were signing. Colleen Kraft, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, called the separations "government sanctioned child-abuse".
But there are more than 700 children still left in government custody, unable to be reunited with their parents any time soon.
46 children whose parents who have "red flags" resulting from an unspecified "case file review". "I can't imagine anything closer to torture than to send these parents back home to their countries and having to live the rest of the lives knowing that just because they got confused or felt pressure that they gave away their child by mistake".
Lee Gelernt, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union representing separated parents, said Thursday it was unclear how long it might take to find the parents returned to their homelands. "There is a risk that these children will be indefinitely separated from their parents", ACLU wrote.
The hours and days after reunification have come with their own challenges, which have largely been absorbed by aid groups tapped by the government to provide emergency shelter and food, as well as transport.
Sabraw addressed the government's uncertainty.
Since their separation in late May, the girl had been at a shelter for immigrant minors in Chicago, while Oliveira was moved through facilities across Texas. ACLU wants additional information on this age group as well.