U.S. policy of expelling migrant kids faces first legal challenge
Lawyers for a 16-year-old boy from Honduras on Tuesday made a last-ditch attempt to stop his swift deportation from U.S. soil, mounting the first legal challenge against the Trump administration’s policy of rapidly expelling migrant children from the southern border during the coronavirus pandemic.
In a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., the American Civil Liberties Union argued that the teenage boy’s expulsion from the U.S. would violate the anti-trafficking and asylum laws that afford special protections for unaccompanied migrant children who arrive at the southern border without their parents or legal guardians.
Since late March, U.S. immigration officials have rapidly returned most unauthorized migrants to Mexico, Canada or their home countries under an emergency directive from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly 21,000 removals were carried out in March and April alone, including 899 expulsions of unaccompanied children <span …continued .
[Source: CBS News]