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CNN, July 27, 2018 - "A federal judge said Friday she will appoint an independent monitor to keep tabs on the conditions migrant children are kept in after they are detained along parts of the southern border. "There continue to be persistent problems," US District Judge Dolly Gee said in a status hearing at a federal courthouse in Los Angeles, adding, "There seems to be disconnect between what both sides see at these facilities." The judge said she wants an independent monitor to report the facts to her directly, "to cut through disputes over what is happening on the ground." The move comes a day after the deadline for the government to reunite families separated at the border, and amid public outcry over those separations and the alleged ill treatment of some children in government-run detention facilities. Friday's hearing concerned a separate, ongoing lawsuit regarding Flores v. Reno, a 1997 settlement agreement that set standards for the care of immigrant children in government custody. Immigrant rights groups periodically file motions to ensure the government abides by the ruling, and the Department of Justice recently filed for relief from some provisions of the ruling during this year's child separation crisis."