Judge says border agents can’t use COVID-19 order to expel migrant kids
A federal judge on Wednesday ordered border authorities to stop expelling migrant children without letting them seek humanitarian refuge, dealing a severe blow to a pandemic-era policy the Trump administration has used to curtail legal protections for minors in U.S. immigration custody.
In a two-page order, Judge Emmet Sullivan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia said unaccompanied migrant children who are taken into custody by border officials must be afforded the safeguards Congress established for them and placed in shelters overseen by the government during their immigration proceedings.
“This cruel and unlawful policy, like so many others from the Trump administration, was putting thousands of children in grave danger,” Lee Gelernt, the top American Civil Liberties Union lawyer in the case, told CBS News. “Not surprisingly, all three federal judges who have looked at it have concluded it should be halted.”
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[Source: CBS News]