The Trump government plans to detain migrant families jointly instead of releasing them, according to a new court ruling stating that such arrests could take longer than the 20 days required for a court settlement.
"The government will not separate families, but hold families together during the pendency of immigration procedures, if they are taken up to or between ports of entry," justice lawyers wrote in a legal notice to a federal judge in California , who has been monitoring long-running litigation over the detention of undocumented immigrants.
The submission comes as the Justice Department seeks to pass two separate court decisions ̵
In the weeks since Attorney General Jeff Sessions adopted a zero-tolerance policy towards immigrants Announced that the US border was illegally crossed, about 2,500 migrant children were separated from them parents. About 500 of these children have since been reunited with their parents. On Tuesday, US District Court Judge Dana M. Sabraw issued a restraining order instructing the government to reunite immigrant children with their parents quickly, returning their families within 30 days, and only 14 days for the return of children under 5 years.
As part of a previous court settlement in the Los Angeles case, the Department of Homeland Security has followed a general practice to keep migrant children no longer than 20 days in custody by immigration officials
The new filing does not specifically state that The Trump government plans to detain families beyond the 20-day limit to detain them "during the pendency" of the immigration process, which in many cases can take months, meaning that families will spend this time in custody.
The Justi The Department argued that the prior agreement, while causing the informal release of minors "without undue delay", the new court order "which provides for the minor to be held by the parents, makes one under these circumstances Delay required. "
President Trump has called for an end to what critics call "catch and release" – the practice of dismissing migrants from immigration, many of whom later do not show up for their trials. The government said 40,579 deportation orders had been issued because foreigners did not attend the hearing last year.
Civil rights groups and immigrant representatives are likely to initiate additional legal action if migrant families are detained for months. What is less clear is how Los Angeles judge Dolly M. Gee will see the government's new approach and whether she will change it.
The filing could prompt the judge to approve a long-term family arrest. Alternatively, the judge may order the administration to release families with surveillance wristbands – although this could provide a political opening for President Trump and other government officials to hold the judiciary responsible for allowing illegal immigrants into the country. De.guildwars.com/pvp/article/primer_synergy1 / de Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the Obama Administration 's Immigration Office said the officials always had the ability to bring along children. Englisch: emagazine.credit-suisse.com/app/art … = 263 & lang = en Arresting families after 20 days – if the parents agreed. But under President Barack Obama, Fresco said, officials would find it too cruel to present to mothers the decision of a Sophie to hand over her child to refugee resettlement agencies or detain her.
The last filing, he said the Trump administration would be at least ready to do that.
"What they want to do is make a choice on the mother, separate or not separate, but to make the election so difficult that there is really no other option than staying in family custody," said Fresco.
Matt Zapotosky and Nick Miroff have contributed to this report.