1. Judge rules US government must swiftly release immigrant children in detention

Judge rules US government must swiftly release immigrant children in detention

A U.S. federal judge on Friday ordered the government to swiftly release immigrant children held at detention centers, affirming a July ruling that said some minors who crossed the border illegally were being detained in violation of a long-standing settlement.

By: | Published: August 22, 2015 7:59 PM

A U.S. federal judge on Friday ordered the government to swiftly release immigrant children held at detention centers, affirming a July ruling that said some minors who crossed the border illegally were being detained in violation of a long-standing settlement.

The ruling by U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee in Los Angeles gave the administration of President Barack Obama until Oct. 23 to comply with her order to release hundreds of unauthorized immigrant children, and in some cases their mothers, “without unnecessary delay.”

Gee’s ruling comes amid debate by U.S. presidential candidates over illegal immigration and follows an influx of immigrants from Central America across the U.S.-Mexico border.

Last year, more than 68,000 children traveling without a parent entered the country. The federal government has held unaccompanied children, or children caught with a parent, in special facilities.

The federal government has also taken steps to release unaccompanied immigrant children from border detention centers, often to a family member living in the United States.

Last month, Gee ruled the Department of Homeland Security was keeping children at detention centers in violation of a 1997 class-action settlement that said juveniles under the age of 18 cannot be held for more than 72 hours.

If a parent was caught with his or her child, authorities could justify keeping the adult in custody if the person is a “significant flight risk” or poses a safety concern, the ruling said.

The ruling was seen as a defeat for U.S. immigration authorities, who in court filings argued releasing undocumented immigrant children encourages families in Central America to undertake the dangerous journey north.

U.S. officials are holding 1,400 parents and children at three centers, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Gee called conditions a the family detention centers – two in Texas, one in Pennsylvania – “deplorable” and said in some cases children were kept in crowded rooms for days without places to sleep.

The government said last month it was “disappointed” with the decision and was efforting to move children and their mothers through family immigration detention centers as quickly as possible.

The government is expected to appeal Friday’s ruling. The agency could not be immediately reached for comment.

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    CW
    Aug 23, 2015 at 4:42 am
    I am sure the other family member that they want them to be released to are here illegally too. I also thought a cl action suit was a civil type of legal action. Why should that apply here ? It would have been helpful if the article referenced the case number or name of the case.
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      Army Vet
      Aug 22, 2015 at 9:15 pm
      Release the children, to where exactly?
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        bubba
        Aug 22, 2015 at 8:29 pm
        Looks like there bringing in more democrat voters by the thousands
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          claton digby
          Aug 22, 2015 at 9:00 pm
          heres a way to fix the illegal immagrent problem..evry illegal is breaking the law,and since theyre looking for work, arrest them and put them on a chain gang working..two years first offence 4 the second ect. ect. men or women,,cant descriminate.and the ANCHOR BABIES.since theyre citizens,take them from the illegals and adopt them out.no other race has the freedom to waltz into america why should they. would you let muslim terrorist do this..well muslim obama might he brought his family in with out due proccess. the law is for everyone or its no law.
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          1. R.J. MacReady
            Aug 22, 2015 at 9:46 pm
            How Christian of you.
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              Karen
              Aug 23, 2015 at 6:01 am
              More Obama payback.
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                Mason
                Aug 22, 2015 at 9:12 pm
                If they are released back into Mexico that is just fine with me.
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                  Aug 22, 2015 at 11:46 pm
                  If they want to be here then they should have started the process as soon as they were detained. Force them to be legal law abiding tax paying citizens.
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                    clare
                    Aug 22, 2015 at 9:03 pm
                    put them back over the border. it's not like they're incapable of finding their way around.
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                      SciguyBM
                      Aug 22, 2015 at 9:21 pm
                      Wait, you left out the "liberal demoncratic appointed judge" rules swiftly..... I am guessing you just sorta forgot that part. Or maybe your investigative journalism degree is really an english degree or art history degree or maybe you are just the son or daughter of some editor getting alittle nepotism....
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                      1. Sister Neurotica
                        Aug 22, 2015 at 9:29 pm
                        So they let should let unaccompanied children just live on the street?
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