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Trump administration ordered to stop deporting unaccompanied children
A federal district judge has rules that the Trump administration must stop their practice of deporting unaccompanied minors.
Since March, the administration had been deporting children who crossed the border alone immediately and without due process.
They did this after invoking a Title 42 order, claiming that the practice was necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Since the order was invoked, at least 13,000 unaccompanied migrant children have been removed from the country.
The ruling came as part of a class-action lawsuit brought to the court by the American Civil Liberties Union, Texas Civil Rights Project, Center for Gender & Refugee Studies, and Oxfam.
CGRS Director of Litigation Jamie Crook said:
“We are thrilled that the court has enjoined this cruel policy, which has placed thousands of vulnerable refugee children in harm’s way, today’s ruling affirms that the Trump administration cannot use the pandemic as a pretext to flout its legal obligations to children fleeing persecution.”
The lawsuit argued that the administration is not authorized to issue the expulsion order under public health provisions in Title 42 of the U.S. Code. They argued that Title 42 does not permit expulsions of non-citizens who are in the United States, nor does it legally allow the removal of children.
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Trump’s administration has been ordered to stop the inhumane practice [Image credit: The Texas Tribune]