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Mérida, Yucatán — An estimated 60 protestors demonstrated in front of the U.S. Consulate on Thursday, urging the country to reunite parents and children separated at the border.

Demonstrators, many appearing to be expats, sang, chanted and displayed cages, a reference to the detention camps holding children who crossed the border with their mothers or fathers.

The protest came after the president signed an executive order intended to end child separation, but authorities have not announced a plan to reunite families already split apart.

About 500 of the more than 2,300 children separated from their families at the border have been reunited since May, a senior Trump administration official said Thursday. But it was unclear how many of the roughly 500 children were still being detained with their families.

Expats staging protests that concern Mexican affairs is frowned upon. But foreigners have not been interrupted by police when they demonstrate against policies set forth in other countries.

Meanwhile in Washington, the House Republican immigration overhaul is “dangling precariously,” the Associated Press reports. Conservative and moderate factions are at odds while U.S. President Donald Trump suggests it will never become law.

The bill includes $25 billion for a border wall and a path to citizenship for young immigrants who have lived in the U.S. illegally since childhood.

Republican leaders have punted the measure into next week.

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