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Separated migrant families might get second chance to stay in U.S.

In this Tuesday, June 26, 2018 photo provided by paralegal Luana Mazon, Lidia Karine Souza, 27, hugs her 9-year-old son Diogo De Olivera Filho as Souza visited her son for the first time since they were separated at the U.S.-Mexico border in late May. (Courtesy of Luana Mazon via AP)

A federal judge could approve an agreement Friday that would let the migrant families previously separated at the border stay in the United States, even if they are ordered to be deported.

The Trump administration reached the agreement with those families’ legal representatives to give the families a second chance at seeking asylum in the United States. The judge's signature would make the agreement official.

After migrant families were separated at the border, parents were given a “credible fear” exam to see if they should be allowed to seek refuge in the U.S. The children were sent to government-contracted shelters, like the Borderland region saw in Tornillo.

The Associated Press says if the federal judge signs off on the agreement Friday, those who failed the exam and were ordered to be deported will have another chance to demonstrate credible fear of returning to their home countries.

The Texas Tribune says that dozens of parents claim they weren’t able to communicate well the first time, because they were distressed over the whereabouts of their children.

Under this agreement, if either the parent or child passes the credible fear exam, they will be able to seek asylum together.

The Tribune says the government agrees to specifically consider any “rare and unusual” cases flagged by the parents’ attorneys.

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