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US Seeks More Time On How To Address Separated Children

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Above: A demonstrator hold up a sign during a rally opposed to President Trump's family separation policy, in front of the White House in Washington, Thursday, June 21, 2018.

The Trump administration wants more time to say how it will address potentially thousands of children who were separated from their families at the border.

U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw in San Diego had ordered the government to propose next steps by Wednesday on what to do about children who were separated on or after July 1, 2017. His previous order to reunify families applied only to children in custody on June 26, 2018.

RELATED: Judge Extends Authority To More Families Separated At Border

The Justice Department wants to submit its plan by April 5. The American Civil Liberties Union, which sued the government, didn't object to the additional time. The two sides are scheduled to confer with the judge Thursday.

In January, the Health and Human Services Department's internal watchdog said there may be thousands more separated children.

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