- Where are the kids? Thousands of children remain separated from their parents despite a judge's order that they must be reunited with 14-30 days.
The draft regulation was described to CNN as being in its very early stages and has not yet been submitted to the White House for review. Should it be implemented, it would likely result in immediate legal challenges from asylum-seekers and advocates.
A Justice Department spokesperson declined to comment.
The proposal was first reported by Vox.
Yet another part of the law gives Attorney General Jeff Sessions the leeway to regulate which offenses "will be considered to be a crime," in which case asylum is not available.
How exactly the rule will be tailored and whether it will include any exceptions remains unclear.
A woman from El Salvador and her 7-year-old son were just reunited at Dulles International Airport more than a month after they were separated at the US border.
Brenda Ramirez-Garcia was fleeing a domestic violence situation when she and her son crossed the border into Arizona on May 26, her attorney said. Her son was taken from her on May 27 and placed in a facility in Miami.
Ramirez-Garcia was detained in Arizona for 10 days then transferred to a facility in Colorado. She was granted bond on June 21.
Her attorney says Ramirez-Garcia wasn't able to speak with her son on the phone until she was granted bond last week.
Ramirez-Garcia has family in Maryland, so her lawyer is trying to move both her and her son’s case to the Baltimore immigration court.
Erika Almirón, executive director for Latinx immigrant rights organization Juntos, tells CNN the group had been protesting outside Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Philadelphia since 7:00 a.m. ET.
Protesters from Juntos blocked the entrance into the ICE office, preventing it from opening at its usual 8:00 a.m. ET.
"The protest was an Abolish ICE protest," Almirón said. It also aimed to push Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf to shut down the Berks Detention facility, and to have Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney "end all connections to ICE in the city of Philadelphia."
As of Monday, 2,047 immigrant children who had been separated from their parents remained in government custody, according to the latest figures released by the Department of Health & Human Services.
An agency spokesman declined to provide an updated figure on Thursday, saying officials would only provide the total number of immigrant children in custody. That figure, 11,869, includes both children who crossed the border alone and kids who were separated from their parents.
"We have always known where the children are," said Commander Jonathan White, assistant secretary of preparedness and response. Officials are working on facilitating communication between parents and kids, he said, and linking records between different government systems.
A judge's ruling Tuesday laid out a series of deadlines the government must meet:
"The United States government has more than enough resources to get this job done as long as it treats it as an urgent priority," said Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU's immigrant rights' project.
And in most cases, Gelernt said, the reunifications should be able to happen before the deadline.
Demonstrators are expected to gather in cities across the United States on Saturday to protest the White House's "zero tolerance" immigration policy that has prompted the separations and detentions of migrant families.
At Southwest Key Campbell children’s facility, Melania Trump visited with staff and then spent time with children and babies in three different rooms.
Trump entered the first classroom, which had 10 small children, split by boys and girls at two tables. “Hi! How are you?” she said, in English. Teachers in the room translated as Trump asked ages and names and what they were making — they were doing an arts and crafts project making dogs.
The next classroom was again approximately 10 kids, ages 5 to 7, who were doing an exercise with a teacher pointing out change. The kids here spend approximately six hours a day in classroom settings.
Trump walked in saying, “Wow! Hi!” She also asked one girl about her friends.
The final room was perhaps the most emotionally taxing — all babies and toddlers, most under 18 months old. Three of the babies were there with their mothers, who were also minors.
Ricardo Obando captured this video of protesters marching and chanting on Constitution Avenue, on their way to Capitol Hill.
This was shot around 2:30 p.m. ET, before more than 100 of the protesters were arrested.
Sen. Tammy Duckworth, a Democrat from Illinois, visited protesters rallying against immigration policy Thursday in the middle of the Senate office building. She had her infant daughter with her, and the two received a rockstar welcome from the protesters.
She said the issue of family separations is "deeply personal" to her.
"What would it be like to have my breast-feeding child ripped away from me? she asked. "I wanted to show my support for the folks here today. I could only imagine what it would be like to have my daughter — my breastfeeding child — ripped away from me the way some of these other moms’ babies have been."
More than one thousand female activists marched through Washington, D.C., Thursday and flooded a Capitol Hill Senate building to protest the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" policy.
US Capitol Police arrested about 100 people at the protest in the Senate building so far.
The activists sat on the floor of the Senate building with Mylar blankets to demand the end demand Congress end the policies that criminalize undocumented immigrants and separates their children from them.
In an executive order last week, President Donald Trump said his administration was seeking more authority to detain families together until the end of their immigration proceedings.
The order instructs federal agencies -- notably the Department of Defense -- to prepare facilities to house the potentially thousands of families who will be detained.