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Government Says It Will Meet Court Deadlines To Reunite Families Separated At Border

Stretches of secondary fencing are topped with spirals of concertina wire alo...

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Above: Stretches of secondary fencing are topped with spirals of concertina wire along the U.S.-Mexico border between the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa ports of entry, in San Diego on Aug. 16, 2017. Border Patrol agents use the frontage road between this and primary fencing to patrol for immigrants attempting to enter the U.S. illegally.

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said the government will meet court deadlines to reunite migrant children who were separated from their parents by immigration authorities.

But reunited families may well remain in the custody of immigration authorities.

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Azar told reporters on Thursday that officials have identified "under 3,000" children potentially separated from parents.

Of those, about 100 are under 5 years old. A federal judge in California has ordered the youngest children reunited by Tuesday and the rest before the end of this month.

Azar said DNA testing is being used to speed up matching parents and children.

RELATED: Los Angeles Approves $10M To Help Separated Children

The government has more than 230 people working to match children with their parents.

The Health and Human Services Department for years has cared for unaccompanied minors crossing the border.

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