Trump Administration Appears to Back Off on ‘Zero Tolerance’ Policy, Says it Will Release Families on Ankle Bracelet Monitoring

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Donald Trump speaks to the media alongside First Lady Melania Trump as they walk to Marine One prior to departure from the South Lawn of the White House on July 10, 2018. (Credit: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Donald Trump speaks to the media alongside First Lady Melania Trump as they walk to Marine One prior to departure from the South Lawn of the White House on July 10, 2018. (Credit: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

The Trump administration on Tuesday appeared to significantly pull back from its “zero tolerance” immigration policy as it rushed to reunite families to satisfy a court order, saying it will largely release families with ankle bracelet monitoring rather than indefinitely detaining the migrant children and parents together.

Administration officials said just 34 of 102 children under the age of 5 were expected to be reunited by Tuesday, the deadline set by a U.S. District Court judge in San Diego. In a joint midmorning filing, attorneys for the ACLU and the Department of Justice said only four families had been reunited so far.

The reunifications were taking place near the shelters where the children were being detained, according to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which did not give further details. Officials said the reunifications were expected to continue throughout the day.

“Parents with children under the age of 5 are being reunited with their children and then released and enrolled into an alternative detention program, meaning that they will be placed on an ankle bracelet and released into the community,” said Matthew Albence, the executive associate director of ICE’s enforcement and removal operations.

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