In this file photo taken on June 23, 2018 protesters demand children be reunited with their immigrant parents during a demonstration in San Diego, California. AFP / DAVID MCNEW
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The U.S. government said it still had 2,053 children in its custody who were separated from their parents under President Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" immigration policy, and set out its most detailed plans yet on how it would reunite families.A total of 522 children had already been reunited with parents, the agency added in a fact sheet published three days after Trump ended his policy of separating families on the U.S.-Mexico border, after images of youngsters in cages triggered outrage at home and abroad.Deportation proceedings could take months to complete, and the fact sheet did not say whether parents and children would be reunited in the intervening time.The fact sheet said children are given the chance to speak with a "vetted parent, guardian or relative" within 24 hours of arriving at a facility run by Department of Health and Human Services – the agency that has custody of the children.
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