The Latest: Texas shelter: US flying kids for reunifications

A Brazilian mother, who asked to be identified only as W.R. holds the hand of her 9-year-old son A.R. during a news conference at the Brazilian Worker Center in Boston, Monday, July, 16, 2018. The mother spoke to reporters Monday after she was reunited with her son Saturday at Boston's Logan airport. They had been separated since May 30 under the Trump administration's zero-tolerance immigration policy. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
A Brazilian mother, who asked to be identified only as W.R. and her 9 year-old son A.R. leave a news conference at the Brazilian Worker Center in Boston, Monday, July, 16, 2018. The mother spoke to reporters Monday after she was reunited with her son Saturday at Boston's Logan airport. They had been separated since May 30 under the Trump administration's zero-tolerance immigration policy. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
FILE - In this July 13, 2018, file photo, Allison, 6, and her mother Cindy Madrid share a moment during a news conference in Houston, where the mother and daughter spoke about the month and one day they were separated under the President Donald Trump administration immigration policy. The Trump administration is due back in court Monday, July 16, 2018, to discuss a plan reunify more than 2,500 children who were separated at the border from their parents. (Marie D. De Jes's/Houston Chronicle via AP, File)

SAN DIEGO — The Latest on the separation of families at the U.S.-Mexico border (all times local):

1:30 p.m.

A shelter for immigrants in El Paso, Texas, says the U.S. government has begun transporting children in a "tremendous amount of airline flights" to be reunited with their parents in some cities.

Annunciation House Director Ruben Garcia told reporters Monday that the shelter received a father and son on Sunday who were back together after being separated at the U.S.-Mexico border.

He says the facility is preparing to take in as many as 100 families each day as a July 26 court-ordered deadline approaches to reunite children ages 5 to 17 with their parents.

Garcia says he's learned that future reunifications will happen inside select Immigration and Customs Enforcement facilities before families are released together pending deportation and asylum proceedings.

Two immigrants living at an Annunciation House shelter are expressing heartbreak and frustration that their children are still detained just blocks away.

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10:10 a.m.

A federal judge has temporarily halted deportations of families who have been recently reunited after they were separated by the Trump administration.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed paperwork saying attorneys were concerned about rumors of "mass deportations" following reunification of children ages five to 17 with their parents. They asked that deportations be stalled at least a week after the families were reunified to allow time to ensure no family is being improperly deported.

Judge Dana Sabraw said Monday he'd order a temporary halt to any deportations for a week until the government can respond to the ACLU motion. He asked whether there were any issues over whether he had jurisdiction but there were no verbal objections.

He gave government lawyers one week to respond to the ACLU's concerns, and he would rule permanently after going over the paperwork.

The Trump administration has said it completed reunifying all eligible children under five, and reunifying families with older children is happening on a rolling basis.

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9:50 a.m.

A federal judge has temporarily halted deportations of families who have been recently reunited after they were separated by the Trump administration.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed paperwork saying attorneys were concerned about "mass deportations" following reunification of children ages five to 17 with their parents. They asked that deportations be stalled at least a week after the families were reunified to allow time to ensure no family is being improperly deported.

Judge Dana Sabraw said Monday he'd order a temporary halt to any deportations for a week until the government can respond to the ACLU motion. He asked whether there were any issues over whether he had jurisdiction but there were no verbal objections.

He gave government lawyers one week to respond to the ACLU's concerns, until 9 p.m. on July 23, and he would rule permanently after going over the paperwork.

The Trump administration has said it completed reunifying all eligible children under five, and reunifying families with older children is happening on a rolling basis.

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8:50 a.m.

The American Civil Liberties Union is asking a federal judge to order the federal government to hold off one week on deporting reunified families that were separated at the border.

The ACLU says in a court filing Monday that its request is a response to "persistent and increasing rumors ... that mass deportations may be carried out imminently and immediately upon reunification."

If the judge wants to hear more from the administration before ruling, the ACLU asks for a temporary halt to deportations.

U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw in San Diego said late Friday that he was having second thoughts about whether the government was acting in good faith. He was responding to an administration plan to reunite more than 2,500 children ages 5 and older by July 26.

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