Federal judge Dana Sabraw in San Diego will temporarily halt deportations of migrant parents who are reunited with their children. The ACLU says the pause is needed to ensure that parents can make informed decisions about their children.
A federal judge will temporarily halt deportations of migrant parents who are reunited with their children, reports Politico. U.S. District Court Judge Dana Sabraw in San Diego said he would stay deportations pending resolution of the issue. The American Civil Liberties Union had called for reunited migrant parents to be protected from deportation for seven days after being reconnected with their children. The ACLU, which represents the plaintiffs in a high-profile case over family separations at the border, said the pause was needed to ensure that parents slated for removal can make informed decisions about whether to leave their children behind in the U.S.
The “persistent and increasing rumors” that parents will be deported immediately after reunification necessitates the moratorium, the ACLU argued. Justice Department attorney Scott Stewart said the Trump administration opposes delaying deportations. Sarah Fabian, another DOJ attorney, suggested the stay of deportations could affect the process of reunifying families due to limited immigration detention space, but Sabraw rejected that idea. “That’s not an option,” the judge said. “If space is an issue, then the government will have to make space.” Sabraw excoriated the administration last week for its execution of his order to reunify migrant families who were separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. The Trump administration faced a July 10 deadline to reunite 102 children under age 5 with their parents, but failed to reconnect 46 children due to security concerns and other logistical hurdles. Under Sabraw’s order, the administration must reunite a broader pool of more than 2,500 separated children by July 26.