Judge Orders U.S. To Release Migrant Children And Parents From ICE Prisons
A federal Judge has ordered the release of migrant children and denounced the Trump administration's prolonged detention of families.
The children are to be released by July 17th, with their parents or to "suitable guardians" with their parents' consent.
California federal Judge Dolly M. Gee has ruled that the 124 children held in detention centers in California, Texas, and Pennsylvania must be released with "all deliberate speed."
Migrant Children Detained With Parents. ... (HOUSTON) — A federal judge on Friday ordered the release of children held with their parents in U.S. immigration jails & denounced the Trump administration's prolonged detention of families during the coronavirus pandemic.— Leslie Begelman (@belskie) June 27, 2020
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The win comes after plaintiffs in a long-running case reported that some of them have tested positive, as have workers in the detention center. In one detention center, 61% of detainees tested positive.
In her ruling, Judge Gee criticized the Trump administration for not complying with CDC reccommendations.
"The family residential centers are on fire and there is no more time for half measures," wrote Judge Gee, setting July 17th as the deadline for release. According to her ruling, children who have been detained for over 20 days are to be released with their parents or to "suitable guardians" with their parents' consent.
"[Gee] clearly recognized that the government is not willing to protect the health and safety of the children, which is their obligation," said Amy Maldonado, an attorney who works with detained families. "They need to make the sensible choice and release the parents to care for their children."
"Some detained parents facing deportation brought their children to this country to save them from rampant violence in their home countries and would prefer to see their child released to relatives here rather than being deported with the parent to countries where children are routinely kidnapped, beaten and killed," said Peter Schey, counsel for the detained children.
ICE said they are reviewing the judge's order.
Over 2500 detainees in ICE prisons have tested positive.