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A federal judge blocked the Trump administration from carrying out plans to detain immigrant families indefinitely

A federal judge blocked the Trump administration from carrying out plans to detain immigrant families indefinitely

A federal judge in California blocked the Trump administration from carrying out plans to detain immigrant families indefinitely while their requests for asylum are pending.

Judge Gee, an Obama appointee, said she struck down the new plan because it didn’t meet a provision called the Flores agreement that prohibits the U.S. from detaining children in immigration jails. The government may detain children who arrive with their parents for up to 20 days in unlicensed facilities. These proscriptions are one of the issues that led the Trump administration to separate families last year as it sought to criminally prosecute and jail parents for crossing the border illegally.

“That ruling perpetuates the loophole that this same judge created, which has been exploited by criminal cartels to smuggle children across the United States Southern Border,” White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement Friday night.
Judge Gee rejected that argument.
“I’m not sure how as an officer of the court you can come here and tell me that new Flores regulations is not in direct conflict,” Judge Gee said. “Just because you say it is night out, does not mean it is not day.”
“We are pleased with the ruling and think the court has been very fair in its limited role to enforce the terms of the contract,” said Peter Schey, one of the lead attorneys handling the case for the Center For Human Rights and Constitutional Law.

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