Judge temporarily halts deportation of reunited families

BY SONNET SWIRE
Posted on DEC 07, 2018

ACLU attorneys said the delay was necessary because of "persistent and increasing rumors," which Defendants have refused to deny, that mass deportations may be carried out immediately upon reunification.

A federal judgeMondaytemporarily halted the deportations of families that have been recently reunited after being separated by the Trump administration, The Hill reported Monday.


San Diego-based Judge Dana Sabraw granted a request from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) at the top of a status hearing on the administration's efforts to reunite children over 5years old with their parents.


ACLU attorneys said the delay was necessary because of "persistent and increasing rumors, which Defendants have refused to deny, that mass deportations may be carried out imminently and immediately upon reunification."


Sabraw gave the government one week to file a brief opposing the request.


The ACLU argued that the week would be necessary for parents to have time to fully consider the decision whether to have their children deported along with them, according to The Hill.


"A one-week stay is a reasonable and appropriate remedy to ensure that the unimaginable trauma these families have suffered does not turn even worse because parents made an uninformed decision about the fate of their child," the ACLU wrote.


In response, HHS updated its plan to say it no longer needed to use DNA testing to verify parentage, like it did with children under 5, because the older children have better language skills and can communicate with government agents.


HHS officials previously said they wouldn't be able to meet the court's deadline for reunification, and if they tried to expedite the process, children would be at risk of being placed with people who weren't their parents or people who were dangerous criminals.

 

 

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