Federal Judge Dana Sabraw of San Diego has ordered that the federal government stay all deportations of reunited families for one week.
Following a massive increase in deportations of recently reunited immigrant families, Judge Dana Sabraw has ordered the government to cease deportations for one week.
His order comes after the government admitted it was unable to reunite at least a dozen immigrant children with their parents because they had already been deported.
The government has also missed its court-ordered deadline to reunite all 102 detained immigrant children under the age of 5 with their parents.
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar claimed that the administration’s policy of separating immigrant families is “one of the great acts of American generosity and charity.”
He also claimed that he could locate every single detained child with just a few keystrokes, but said that doing so would likely result in children being returned to unqualified guardians.
Judge Sabraw, however, did not buy into Azar’s claims, and condemned HHS and accused them of manufacturing this crisis to “provide cover to Defendants for their own conduct in the practice of family separation, and the lack of foresight and infrastructure necessary to remedy the harms caused by that practice.”
He has given the administration until July 26 to reunite all immigrant children with their parents.
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