Judge Temporarily Halts Deportation of Families Recently Reunited

Darwin Micheal Mejia, right, holds hands with his mother, Beata Mariana de Jesus Mejia-Mejia, during a news conference after their reunion at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport Photo: AP/ Patrick Semansky
Darwin Micheal Mejia, right, holds hands with his mother, Beata Mariana de Jesus Mejia-Mejia, during a news conference after their reunion at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport

July 16, 2018 01:11 PM

A judge has temporarily halted the deportation of families who were recently reunited after being separated by Trump administration.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed paperwork saying attorneys were concerned about rumors of "mass deportations" following reunification of children ages 5 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.

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Judge Dana Sabraw said Monday he'd 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, and he would rule permanently after going over the paperwork.

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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.

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