U.S. judge Temporarily Halts Deportation of Reunited Migrant Families

Vastavam web: The U.S. government was barred temporarily on Monday from quickly deporting immigrant parents reunited with their children while a federal court considers the impact on childrens’ rights to seek asylum.The government is working to meet a court order to reunite by July 26 around 2,550 immigrant children between the ages of 5 and 17 who were separated by U.S. immigration officials from their parents at the U.S.-Mexican border.

The majority have now been matched with a parent, but the government was still trying to find a match for 71 children in its care, Jonathan White, from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, told the court.The American Civil Liberties Union, a rights group that brought the case that led to the reunification order, said in court papers on Monday that immigrant parents should be given a week after being reunited to decide if they want to be deported alone or as a family.

“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 a filing with a San Diego federal court.At a hearing on Monday, Judge Dana Sabraw of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California in San Diego said he would issue a stay on deporting reunified parents until the government could respond to the ACLU request. He gave the government a week to respond and will consider the ACLU request on July 24.The U.S. Department of Homeland Security did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Sabraw ordered on June 26 that children should be returned to their parents within specified deadlines, and has been overseeing the process.Many of the immigrants separated from their children were seeking asylum after fleeing violence and crime in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.The government has said it has reunited all of the roughly 60 eligible children under five with their parents.