U.S. Judge Orders Release of ILLEGALLY Imprisoned Immigrant Children From Detention Centres*
By M. David and Jackson
A federal judge, who recently said that the United States is illegally locking children up, has now dealt yet another blow to the Obama administration’s immigration policies.
On Friday, the judge ordered federal officials to release all children being held at family detention facilities in the United States.
The ruling was released Friday evening, and it said very clearly that no child can ever – under any circumstances – be held for more than 72 hours, unless they pose a significant risk to themselves or others.
The judge had previously ruled that locking up children after they have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border completely violates an 18-year-old court settlement.
The ruling by U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee came last Friday in California. The decision is being called a victory for immigrant rights.
Judge Gee ruled in favour of tentative decision she made back in April, which maintained the 18-year-old agreement.
That U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee prohibited immigrant children from being held in any unlicensed detention facilities. But in spite of that ruling, that is exactly what has ended up happening for many years now to children who cross the border without the paperwork the government demands.
Gee ruled that this settlement protected all children being held in the custody of federal immigration officials, even if they are being held with a parent.
Executive director of the Centre for Human Rights, Peter Schey, was one of the attorneys who brought the suit. He says that federal officials “know they’re in violation of the law.”
“They are holding children in unsafe facilities. It’s that simple,” Schey explained in an interview with The Associated Press.
“It’s intolerable, it’s in humane, and it needs to end, and end sooner rather than later.”
Gee says that the Department of Justice has only one week to show just cause why an injunction should not be entered that will require the government to comply with the ruling and release all of the children within no more than 90 days.