A majority of migrant children age five and under who were detained under the US immigration "zero-tolerance" policy have been reunited with their families.
Officials say 57 of the 103 children separated at the US-Mexico border were returned to parents as of Thursday.
But 46 children were ineligible for reunification, including some who's parents had already been deported.
Another 2,000 to 3,000 migrant children ages five to 17 must be reunited by 26 July, a US judge has ordered.
"As of this morning, the initial reunifications were completed. Throughout the reunification process our goal has been the well-being of the children and returning them to a safe environment," Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a joint statement on Thursday.
"Of course, there remains a tremendous amount of hard work and similar obstacles facing our teams in reuniting the remaining families. The Trump administration does not approach this mission lightly, and we intend to continue our good faith efforts to reunify families."
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