Judge Orders US to Stop Expelling Children Who Cross Borders

11/19/2020

A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the Trump administration to stop expelling immigrant children who cross the southern border alone, halting a policy that has resulted in thousands of rapid deportations of minors during the coronavirus pandemic.

US District Judge Emmet Sullivan issued a preliminary injunction sought by legal groups suing on behalf of children whom the government sought to expel before they could request asylum or other protections under federal law. Since March of this year, the Trump administration has expelled over 8,800 unaccompanied children following the emergency declaration regarding the coronavirus pandemic. Lee Gelernt, A lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union said, “Like so many other Trump administration policies, it was gratuitously cruel and unlawful.”

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