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Federal Judge Considers Release of Migrant Children In Custody As COVID-19 Spreads

Added 03-27-20 11:07:02pm EST - “A federal judge in California wants all minors who were apprehended crossing into the U.S. alone to be released in an orderly fashion. But she refrained from mandating their immediate release.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Federal Judge Considers Release of Migrant Children In Custody As COVID-19 Spreads”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A federal judge in California is weighing whether to grant an emergency order to release unaccompanied minors in government custody to protect them from contracting COVID-19.

U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee of the Central District of California said on Friday she wants migrant children who were apprehended crossing into the United States alone to be "released to suitable sponsors in an orderly fashion," the Associated Press reported. But Gee stopped short of mandating their immediate release.

She also questioned why children are still being held as the number of U.S. coronavirus cases leads the global outbreak.

The motion for the temporary restraining order limiting the Trump administration's ability to detain minors for no more than seven days was filed on Thursday, and is the latest legal battle in a long-running class action lawsuit.

Lawyers argued the week-long period provides ample time for officials to release the minors. It's an argument gaining ground among immigrant rights advocates as health officials warn that the pandemic will continue to accelerate in coming weeks.

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