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A senior Trump administration official says about 500 of the more than 2,000 children separated from their families at the border have been reunited since May.
The official said Thursday those children had been separated from their parents as a result of a 'zero tolerance' policy that calls for the criminal prosecution of anyone caught crossing the U.S. border illegally.
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The official was not authorized to give out the number and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
The official says many of the children were reunited within days after being separated from their families.
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It is currently unclear how many of the reunited children remained in custody with their families or how many were no longer in the country.
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Health and Human Services are working to set up a centralized reunification process at the Port Isabel Detention Center near Los Fresnos, Texas.
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Hundreds of demonstrators protested outside the offices of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement's office in San Francisco this week, banging drums and chanting 'Stop taking children!' and 'The people are rising, no more compromising!'
Activist artists altered a billboard in Emeryville, California as part of ongoing protests.
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The billboard that previously read, 'We make junk disappear' now reads: 'We make kids disappear. -ICE.'
The anti-ICE message was reportedly painted overnight Thursday on a billboard located on Interstate Highway 80, according to CBS San Francisco.
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Amid nationwide outcry, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced plans to dismiss cases in which parents were charged with illegally entering or re-entering the country and were subsequently separated from their children.
The case dismissals were announced in an email from the federal public defender's office, that covers cases from El Paso to San Antonio.
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The notification came Thursday afternoon from the federal public defender's office for the western district of Texas.
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