A USA judge ruled Wednesday that Donald Trump's administration could not immediately expel immigrant minors who arrive alone at the border, a policy the White House said was necessary due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan in the District of Columbia ruled that the minors were likely to suffer irreparable harm because they could be subject to sexual abuse and other violence, as well as face the possibility of torture and death if summarily returned to their home countries.
Overall, the United States has expelled roughly 197,000 migrants caught crossing the U.S. -Mexico border from March through the end of September, though those figures include migrants who may have crossed multiple times.
The Trump administration used it to deport thousands of minors, arguing in court that it must do so during the pandemic to prevent infecting border agents.
The American Civil Liberties Union, which sought the injunction on behalf of a migrant child, called the injunction a "critical step" in stopping the administration's "unprecedented and illegal attempt to expel children under the thin guise of public health". It has appealed another federal judge's order barring the use of hotels to detain children. Wednesday's order does not prohibit officials from continuing to expel adults or families with children.Читайте также: China's Covid-19 vaccine administered to a million people
One of the protections partially suspended through the expulsions policy is a provision in a Bush-era law that requires border officials to quickly transfer unaccompanied migrant children to the Office of Refugee Resettlement, which houses the minors in shelters and other facilities while it seeks to release them to sponsors, who are typically family members in the U.S.
"Today's ruling affirms that the Trump administration can not use the pandemic as a pretext to flout its legal obligations to children fleeing persecution". Judge Sullivan ruled that the 1944 statute allows the government to block the entrance of noncitizens who carry diseases, but it does not allow expulsions. "But that is entirely distinguishable from whether or not [the law] authorizes the government to expel persons".
Under the health rule, the Border Patrol quickly deported almost 200,000 people, including about 9,000 children who arrived at the border alone. He also rejected the Justice Department's argument that public health law overrides the legal protections Congress created for migrant children during a pandemic.
The Associated Press has reported that Vice President Pence pressured the CDC to use its emergency powers to shut the border, overruling a CDC official who refused to comply because there was no valid public health reason.
After the Justice Department dropped charges against Flynn earlier this year, Sullivan said he would not rubber stamp the department's decision and would let outside groups weigh in first.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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