Lawyers welcome U.S. court order to slow deportations of separated families

The families had been separated amid a broader crackdown on illegal immigration by U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration, sparking an international outcry. The president ordered the practice stopped on June 20.

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Reuters News Service
July 17, 2018

Tags: Family Separation

Organizations mentioned/involved: Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) (Washington State)


Judge Dana Sabraw sided in Monday’s order with the American Civil Liberties Union, which argued that parents facing imminent deportation should have a week to decide if they want to leave their children in the United States to pursue asylum separately.

Sabraw asked the government to respond before the next hearing on July 24 in a case brought by the rights’ group to challenge the separations. Until then, he halted rapid deportations.

“I think it buys us a little bit of time,” Jorge Baron, executive director of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, said in a telephone interview. “I am still uncertain we have made contact with all the parents who are detained in our particular region.”