Free migrant children from detention in the midst of a coronavirus pandemic, says US court


US policy launched in 2018 has seen thousands of children separated from their parents at the border. (File)

Los Angeles:

A Los Angeles court has ordered the release of more than 100 children detained in the United States by an immigrant family because of their risk of getting coronavirus in institutions.

Two of the country’s three family detention centers have confirmed cases of infection, said district judge Dolly Gee in her ruling on Friday.

The facilities are likely to lead to a massive health crisis despite efforts by the Immigration and Customs Agency (ICE) to reduce the number of migrants in its custody, she added.

“The (family residential centers) are” on fire “and there is no time for half-measures,” wrote Gee.

Its decision indicated that 124 children were currently in ICE detention centers and ordered them to be released before July 17, either with their parents or in the care of “appropriate sponsors” with the parents’ consent. .

President Donald Trump campaigned against illegal migration and pressured Mexico to deploy troops along its southern border to stop migrants.

A Trump administration “zero tolerance” policy launched in 2018 saw thousands of children separated from their parents at the border, a tactic that was apparently aimed at frightening families, before the government backed down.

Last week, the United States Supreme Court rejected the Trump administration’s cancellation of a program protecting 700,000 “dreamers” – undocumented migrants brought to the United States as children.

More than 2,500 people detained by the ICE have confirmed coronavirus infections, CNN reported Friday.

(With the exception of the title, this story was not edited by GalacticGaming staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)


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