Judge Orders ICE To Free Detained Immigrant Children Because Of COVID-19 – NPR

Immigrants seeking asylum hold hands as they leave a cafeteria at the ICE South Texas Family Residential Center. Independent inspectors told the judge that COVID-19 tests at the centers and the infection rates in the counties where the Texas centers are located are cause for concern.

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Immigrants looking for asylum hold hands as they leave a cafeteria at the ICE South Texas Family Residential. Independent inspectors informed the judge that COVID-19 tests at the centers and the infection rates in the counties where the Texas centers are located are cause for concern.

Eric Gay/AP

Court files reveal that as of June 8 there were 124 children in the three detention centers housed together with family members. Until now, ICE has actually been unwilling to launch children held in household detention centers “because in order to do it in a humane method, they have to launch the kid with a parent,” Cooper said. Instead, the Trump administration has offered families a binary choice: stay together in detention or allow the children to be transferred to a sponsor or household member someplace in the U.S.

Judge Dolly Gee of California provided the scathing order Friday afternoon stating the Trump administration had actually failed to provide even the most basic health defenses for kids and their families amidst the pandemic. The order applies to all three of the household detention centers in the U.S. Two are located in Texas and a 3rd is in Pennsylvania, as well as shelters real estate unaccompanied minors. As of June 25, at least 11 individuals at a household detention center in Karnes City, Texas, have actually been detected with COVID-19, according to an independent report filed with the court.

The order uses to all 3 of the household detention facilities in the U.S. Two are located in Texas and a 3rd is in Pennsylvania, as well as shelters housing unaccompanied minors. As of June 25, at least 11 people at a household detention center in Karnes City, Texas, have actually been identified with COVID-19, according to an independent report submitted with the court. Court documents show that as of June 8 there were 124 children in the three detention centers housed along with household members. Till now, ICE has actually been reluctant to launch kids held in household detention centers “because in order to do it in a gentle way, they have to launch the kid with a moms and dad,” Cooper stated. Rather, the Trump administration has provided households a binary choice: remain together in detention or allow the kids to be transferred to a sponsor or household member somewhere in the U.S.