13:12, July 16 59 0 theguardian.com

2018-07-16 13:12:06
Judge halts deportation of families reunified by Trump administration

A federal judge has temporarily halted deportations of families who have been recently reunited after they were separated by the Trump administration.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed paperwork saying attorneys were concerned about “mass deportations” following reunification of children ages five to 17 with their parents. They asked that deportations be stalled at least a week after the families were reunified to allow time to ensure no family is being improperly deported.

Judge Dana Sabraw said on Monday he would order a temporary halt to any deportations for a week until the government can respond to the ACLU motion. He asked whether there were any issues over whether he had jurisdiction but there were no verbal objections.

He gave government lawyers one week to respond to the ACLU’s concerns, until 9pm on 23 July, and he would rule permanently after going over the paperwork.

The Trump administration has said it completed reunifying all eligible children under five, and reunifying families with older children is happening on a rolling basis.

The ACLU said in a court filing Monday that its request was a response to “persistent and increasing rumors … that mass deportations may be carried out imminently and immediately upon reunification.”

Judge Sabraw said late Friday that he was having second thoughts about whether the government was acting in good faith. He was responding to an administration plan to reunite more than 2,500 children aged five and older by 26 July.

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