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US Judge rules in favor of administration on family separations at border

12:50  14 january  2020
12:50  14 january  2020 Source:   thehill.com

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The judge did rule that the administration would have to resolve parentage disputes through 90-minute DNA tests, which the government had objected to due to “operational concerns,” according to the AP. The ACLU celebrated the decision on DNA tests and said it is determining next steps.

The Trump administration family separation policy is an aspect of US President Donald Trump's immigration policy. The policy was presented to the public as a "zero tolerance" approach intended to

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A U.S. judge ruled the Trump administration acted within its authority when it separated more than 900 children from their parents at the border after determining the parents to be unfit or dangerous.

U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw's ruling rejected the American Civil Liberties Union's (ACLU) claims that the administration was returning to the previously condemned policies of widespread child separation by using minor criminal history as criteria to separate families.

Sabraw indicated he was uncomfortable questioning the administration's choices to separate children if the parents were designated as unfit or dangerous or based on other factors like criminal history, communicable diseases and doubts about parentage, The Associated Press reported.

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The judge will hear arguments later this month on whether he should order the administration to track down all the separated families . In his ruling , Sabraw noted that lawmakers and government inspectors have been looking into the family separations , but he said that did not diminish the court’s

The Trump administration has separated over 2,000 families at the US/Mexico border . This visualization from Vox’s Javier Zarracina shows In an ACLU lawsuit over the separation of families in immigration detention, a DOJ official told the judge that “once a parent is in ICE [Immigration and

He said in his 26-page decision that he found no evidence to conclude the government was abusing its power.

"It is an invitation that is potentially massive in scope, invades an area that is particularly within the province of the executive branch to secure the nation's border, and goes beyond this court's class certification and preliminary injunction orders, which were focused on the administration's practice of separating families at the border for the purpose of deterring immigration, and failing to reunify those families," Sabraw wrote, according to the AP.

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The judge rejected the government’s claim that the practice of family separations — one The ruling in the case, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, suggests the court would be open Hundreds of immigrant children had already been separated from their parents at the border even before the

A federal judge in California ruled Wednesday that a challenge to the practice of separating parents seeking asylum from children at the border The ruling is a victory for critics of the administration 's separation of families — though plenty of hurdles remain before the practice is outlawed.

The judge did rule that the administration would have to resolve parentage disputes through 90-minute DNA tests, which the government had objected to due to "operational concerns," according to the AP.

The ACLU celebrated the decision on DNA tests and said it is determining next steps.

"We are evaluating the decision to determine next steps on how to ensure that children are not separated from their parents based on minor infractions," attorney Lee Gelernt said, according to the AP.

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A federal judge in California late Tuesday ordered a halt to most family separations at the US border and the reunification of all families that have been separated in the first major rebuke to the Trump administration during ongoing furor over family Federal judge rules nationwide reunification.

Federal ruling also prevents officials from splitting up families who crossed US-Mexico border illegally. But the judge disagreed. “The facts set forth before the court portray reactive governance responses to address a Seventeen states sue Trump administration over family separations .

The Hill reached out to the Department of Justice for comment.

This decision comes after Sabraw had previously ruled against the "zero tolerance" family separation policy, ordering 2,800 children to be returned to their families. The judge later also ruled that the 1,500 children separated earlier in Trump's presidency had to be returned.

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HOUSTON (AP) — A Honduran mother and her two children who had been hospitalized have been deported to Guatemala under a Trump administration policy of sending some people seeking asylum in the U.S. to third countries, advocates for the mother said Tuesday. Lawyers had asked a federal judge last week to stop the U.S. government from deporting the family. U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez did not rule on their request prior to Tuesday, the day the government had said it intended to remove the mother and her two children, ages 1 and 6, under a plan to send families to different countries so they can seek asylum elsewhere.

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