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The court-imposed deadlines for the government to reunite families separated at the border remained intact Friday, although a San Diego federal judge acknowledged that they may need to be relaxed in some cases, including for the 19 parents who were deported without their toddler children.

More than a week into the massive effort to try to reconnect some 3,000 children with their parents, lawyers for the Department of Justice said Friday it has dedicated “immense” resources to try to comply with the court’s June 26 order.

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But the process that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has put into place to match up family members will take some time — perhaps longer than the deadline permits — if it is to comply with existing policies and procedures designed to protect children from human trafficking under law, the DOJ argued.

The order gives the government until Tuesday to reunify children under 5 with their parents, and until July 26 for older children.

As many as 3,000 children remain separated from their parents, according to new estimates by HHS.

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