Children taken from their parents at the US-Mexico border may never find their families again, legal experts have warned, as authorities scramble to reunite relatives ahead of a court-imposed deadline.

Judge Dana Sabraw in San Diego called the separation of families in a Trump administration policy brought in on April 6 “brutal” and “offensive”. 

He ordered the government to stop separating families caught at the border and to reunite the 2,551 children already apart — and to do it in a month.

On Thursday the deadline expires, and Eve Stotland, the director of legal services at The Door, a New York charity which helps migrants and refugees, said the chaos on the border meant some children would…

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