Judge rules U.S. government must swiftly release immigrant children in detention

Reuters – by Victoria Cavaliere

A U.S. federal judge on Friday ordered the government to swiftly release immigrant children held at detention centers, affirming a July ruling that said some minors who crossed the border illegally were being detained in violation of a long-standing settlement.

The ruling by U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee in Los Angeles gave the administration of President Barack Obama until Oct. 23 to comply with her order to release hundreds of unauthorized immigrant children, and in some cases their mothers, “without unnecessary delay.”  

Gee’s ruling comes amid debate by U.S. presidential candidates over illegal immigration and follows an influx of immigrants from Central America across the U.S.-Mexico border.

Last year, more than 68,000 children traveling without a parent entered the country. The federal government has held unaccompanied children, or children caught with a parent, in special facilities.

The federal government has also taken steps to release unaccompanied immigrant children from border detention centers, often to a family member living in the United States.

Last month, Gee ruled the Department of Homeland Security was keeping children at detention centers in violation of a 1997 class-action settlement that said juveniles under the age of 18 cannot be held for more than 72 hours.

If a parent was caught with his or her child, authorities could justify keeping the adult in custody if the person is a “significant flight risk” or poses a safety concern, the ruling said.

The ruling was seen as a defeat for U.S. immigration authorities, who in court filings argued releasing undocumented immigrant children encourages families in Central America to undertake the dangerous journey north.

U.S. officials are holding 1,400 parents and children at three centers, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Gee called conditions a the family detention centers – two in Texas, one in Pennsylvania – “deplorable” and said in some cases children were kept in crowded rooms for days without places to sleep.

The government said last month it was “disappointed” with the decision and was efforting to move children and their mothers through family immigration detention centers as quickly as possible.

The government is expected to appeal Friday’s ruling. The agency could not be immediately reached for comment.

(Reporting by Victoria Cavaliere; Editing by Toby Chopra)


6 thoughts on “Judge rules U.S. government must swiftly release immigrant children in detention

  1. There’s a big surprise. Release them all, and release their parents to care for them, and their child-raping father has to be released to provide a good role model, and then their in-laws in Mexico will need first class plane tickets so they can help with the dishes, and their third cousins twice removed have to be brought in because they’re real good at changing diapers, and then dig up their dead relatives to be re-buried here because after all, they own this country, don’t they?

    The ONLY was this crime wave known as “the dreamers” can be stopped is with a lot of bullets, and if you’re waiting for Trump, or anyone else in Washington to do anything but invite more of them in here, it’s because you’re an idiot.

  2. “The federal government has held unaccompanied children, or children caught with a parent, in special facilities.”

    Define “special”.

    I’m guessing they’re more like ‘animal shelters’ where the sick pervert politicians can pick & choose their victims.

  3. Regardless of where your AO is located,
    we alone are completely responsible for this
    strategic and tactical failure to
    defend the sovereignty of our Republic.
    -Drug smugglers climbing over the border fence just south of Nogales Arizona-

  4. This is what should have happened
    last summer at Greyhound bus stations,
    in Texas, California and throughout the
    entire Southwest.
    At this point, almost every action less than this
    is a pointless waste of time.

    -Dresden riots: Protesters in Germany attack refugee buses shouting ‘foreigners out’-

  5. When did judges begin “ruling”?

    Im unaware of the courts (or more specifically judges) having authority to “rule”. [or jurisdictional authority over me as they deal with legal fictions and I am Living Sovereign Man]

    Opinions. Decisions. Interpret. Directing. Urging. Voting. Remanding. Sure. That all sounds to be in the wheel house of a “Justice”.

    but ruling?

    Who ever let that start was a c#nt. Or more accurately, who ever allows it upon them self is a SLAVE. By default.

    No man ‘rules’ me but this Man. And I aint got room for prisoners.

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